3D Breif for a commission. 

Metalic Copper, golds and grey mesh leaves with small hidden led lights that fade and change colour subtly to create a warm therapeutic glow.


Mixture of copper and silver wire, twisted and weaved into a vase shaped vessel. Twisted coil with Led lights.


I have been researching some ideas and materials for possible Vessels that I could use to inspire me on Pinterest  http://pin.it/6JAspeG.

I had a talk with my Tutor Kim and I decided I wanted to have a go at making this design even if it isn’t chosen for the commission it can still go towards my body of work for unit5 so I got straight to it.

This is as far as I have got so far. The more wire I add the more difficult it is to manipulate the wire and the spot welder into positions so I am unsure if I will be able to make the piece look like the Vase shape I had in mind..  I have a deadline to complete and need to put a proposal together for both of my ideas. I have purchased some led lights that run on batteries that are set with copper wire so they will blend in well with the completed vessel.





Personal statement

I really didn’t know how I was going to even start my Personal statement, I just knew what not to put in and what not to say as highlighted in the recent lecture from my Tutor and the visiting lecturers. After expressing my concern that I had nothing and didn’t know where to start my tutor Kim sat down and we started to chat, she asked me a few questions like why did i come on the course? what made me want to leave my job? and some other questions. I was happy to answer and after a good 10 mins she said ‘there now write it down and you have the beginnings of a personal statement and what you have said will make me want to read it.’

So here is my First Draft.

After Tutor feedback and some rewording and tweeking it was suggested to add some Artists that inspire me so.this is my second Draft.

Not quite as painful as I thought it might be, I had some fantastic support from my Tutor Kim and so I am really happy with it. Next thing is I  need to send my UCAS form, build up my portpholio of work and hope I get an interview and get in.

Mark Making and ceramics workshop

I collected some objects from Blackpool for mark making. They include a fork, feathers, shells, a small peice of beach wood, some small ivy leaves and foliage from the street flower beds. Using various coloured inks, dyes and a brayer, I painted on the paper and on the objects. I started mark making with my objects and attempted to make visual and actual texture with my marks.

Van Gogh used Markmaking in his pictures, the most famous one being  ‘Starry night’.

Picture source: Wikipedia


Mark making slab pot ‘Ceramics’.


First we rolled out 4 peices of clay into slabs of the same thickness. The equal sized peices of wood either side of the cloth to guide us. We had to be careful not to make any bubbles as they will explode in the kiln. I used a couple of stones and a shell to make marks and texture to my slabs. They will be left to dry a couple of days before cutting into our desired designs.

While making the marks with the shell I decided to turn the shells position three times to make a clover style print and used the edge of the shell for the stork.


I designed a vase in the form of a simple Gravestone and in keeping with my ‘Document the day’ theme. I decided on the measurements I wanted my pot and allowed for shrinking in the kiln.

I measured the peices of clay for my designed piece but the slabs of clay i had previously marked and dryed were not quite big enough for what i had in mind. I didn’t let this deter me from my design, I just needed to make the larger parts of my designed piece bigger by attaching other pieces of clay.

Using the score and slip teqnique used in ceramics, I bonded the pieces of clay to make the larger pieces of my design and to bond my structure together.




I needed to pack out my structure during assemblage with newspaper to ensure it would stay where it needed to stay and not sink or bend.


I really love how the different marks made by the shells and stones really compliment each other when they are side by side, this is not in my original design drawing but I am pleased that the form developed this way.


I made the lid and cut holes big enough to put flowers in. I changed my design slightly and decided to leave spaces at each end of the lid so that i can place tealight candles and make the form multifunctional. Using a tool similar to a cheese grater I smoothed the edges and corners.



The form measures 20cm Tall, 23cm wide and 6cm deep. The clay is 5mm thick. The lid is 9.5cm depth and also 23cm wide.


The piece is now resting and will soon be ready for its first treatment in the kiln, it doesn’t look entirely different from my original design idea but the transformation i am pleased with.

Casting 3D sculpture workshop. 

Because my ‘ Document the day ‘ photographs are mostly of stone architecture and 3d sculpture and engraving’s, I thought it would be a good idea to concentrate on actual and visual texture and to do that i chose to use stones, pebbles, shells and coral. Each peice has a distinct shape and feel much like the gravestones at Darwen.

First we went through the health and safety guidelines to working with plaster of Paris and Kim showed us how to make it. We were then shown the ways to make moulds for various items using clay or for body parts using Alginate.

Using the clay I pressed each of my peices in multiple ways into the clay and taking it out leaving an imprint.  I then built a wall of clay for my plaster to sit in until it sets. The plaster of Paris consists of 1 cup of water and 12 cups-15 cups of plaster powder mixed to a thick consistency much like pancake batter. this took 5 minutes to mix. I then poured the mixture into my clay mould and left it to set.  This took approximately 30 minutes for it to set.

I was really happy with the results, I can distinctly see they are shells. They look like they are sunk into white sand. Kim said they will look even better once painted so I look forward to doing that. I would also like to cast my lino print of the white lady once my lino is complete.


Wire sculpture and spot welding.

To stat with we went through the health and safety guidelines with Kim and Bill on working with wire and spot welders.

Taking a large copy of an image from my  ‘document the day’ gravestone close ups I begun to draw and shape around my picture with wire and paid special attention to the small details on the wings. I used the spot welder to bond the pieces of wire to each other. I had to bend and manipulate the wire into position and shapes to get the 3d effect I was looking for.


This is my wire creation so far. I am really pleased with it. I think my angel, in wire 3d form she has taken on a whole new concept. She looks more comic than angelic but like it. .