Thursday, 23 December 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

Analog Vs Digital



I made these watches this morning. I will glaze them so they have a similar finish to the pendants from before. I plan to attach them to thin leather straps so they can be worn.

Prep for Christmas

My last firing before the Christmas holidays! A stoneware firing to be opened tomorrow morning, photos to follow, hopefully finishing my letters block organiser and a selection of new earrings.
Keeping the cold out in my chilly studio with the help of lots and lots of bubble wrap!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Press Blocks


Not quite finished yet, but i've been working on two box like containers for a set of letters which I have been using in my clocks. I thought I would make some storage for them as they have been in a mess for months. Im hoping to fire these either on thursday or next week. Im hoping to make some ceramic handles for some paint brushes I have for the container below. Im not too sure whether to hook them on the wall or to have them sitting flat.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Timekeeper

Making the packaging out of a series of brown cardboard boxes and a card raised top. The card top has been covered in illustrations by myself which I completed whilst working at one of my many part time jobs. I don't really know where he came from, maybe out of one of my dreams? The pocket watch sits in the box with a 68cm linked chain attached for easy comfortable wear.

I am planning to develop the designs further elaborating on surface colour, decoration and style, whilst still applying the time of final completion the day of making. Freezing that moment in my memory of each individual watch to pass on for others to view.

Glaze Development




Clocks




I've been starting to work on a new project over the last few weeks. A project which I have been thinking about for years. With my grandparents owning a jewellery and watch shop there has always been clocks and watches in my surrounding. I have been inspired to create collectable pocket watches from ceramics which would be worn as a pendant around your neck. Being hand built from carefully cut out shapes the clock hangs but remains light weight.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Bizarre Bazaare

Just before Christmas I will be exhibiting a few of my unusual pieces of work at an exhibition called 'Bizarre Bazaar'. It is taking place at Thoresby Hall, in Nottinghamshire. I will be showing some of my smaller pieces of work which I have not exhibited before so it is well worth a trip. Pieces shown will include a new body of work entitled 'clocks' and a range of other hand constructed intriguing pieces. All work will be for sale and has attracted artists and designers from around the UK.

Planning for next year

After a few meetings it has been confirmed that I will be exhibiting in two open houses in Brighton next May. Wow, its only just made me realise how far ahead you have to plan for your work to be shown.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Pickford's House Exhibition UKYA

My exhibition at Pickford's House sits in the reconstructed Georgian kitchen on the lower ground floor. I placed four of my cages on the kitchen table, surrounded by bowls, plates and books and a few pieces of fake food. Overly light weight potatoes, bread and apples have been used in a similar way to my metal like cages.
I found a perfect place for one of my porcelain bases, which I like a lot. I have never displayed them like this but I think that it works really well. The copper really matches with the colour of the painted wall and the circular shape with the cobalt blue china which surround it. The spot lights in the room caught the glint of metal to attract attention.
My final cage, I positioned in the larder. I decided upon this one because it was the lightest cage I had bought with me, sat in the dimly lit room it still showed up with its skeleton like structure. A small window from the side of the room let you peer inside before getting to the room, which I thought was interesting to see two sides to the piece alongside the other original artefacts.
Also exhibiting inside Pickford's House is Anna Collette Hunt, with her large scale platters, which are exhibited in the bedroom on floor one, and Rebecca Wilson, with her 'Eat Me; Keep Me' range. Meeting both ceramicists has been really inspirational and makes me realise that I am in the right career.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Found Photos, Found Work

This is some of the finer piercing work which I did at the end of my time at the V&A. Inspired by the objects in the tightly packed cabinets. I played around with colouring the clays too, experimenting with adding stains and oxides. Once glazed I should be able to see some results.

I had the wonderful surprise the other day of finding some photos of work that I have left at the V&A. I must go and pick it up soon and finish it off. The journey back to Brighton is going to be interesting!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Ceramic Review

Today I got my edition of Ceramic Review (Issue 246 November/ December 2010) and on page 34 my article has been published. Please take a look!
Tonight I am getting ready to go to Derby tomorrow for UKYA starting on Thursday. I hope to see you there.

Monday, 11 October 2010

a little birdy told me..

A lovely card made by my friend, based on new ideas for new work!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

UK Young Artist 2010


Please come along. preview evening is Thursday 21st October 5.30 - 7.00pm
For more information:
http://www.alicewaltonceramics.co.uk/page4.htm
or
http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/content/uk-young-artists

Friday, 24 September 2010

Mint



The Homeworks exhibition at Mint went really well. I was really pleased to see my work shown in this beautiful cabinet alongside other makers work, right at the end of the long narrow shop. The private view was so busy especially around my work as it was near the large array of cheeses, hams and breads! What a great start to London Design Festival!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mint - London Design Festival

I will be exhibiting five of my large pieces in 'HomeWorks' at Mint for London Design Festival. Come along to see them alongside other works. The nearest tube is South Kensington Station.

'HomeWorks'
Mint
2 North Terrace
London

SW3 2BA

18th - 30th September

10.30am - 6.30pm Monday- Friday
12.00pm - 5.00pm Sunday

Experiments at the V&A








With a combination of throwing, joining, extruding and colouring the clays I am beginning to experiment with shape and form. I am really interested in making the extruded layer able to be lifted out when fired, so changing the form of the end piece.

Monday, 16 August 2010

V&A Work Inspiration






Here are some of my favourite pieces which I have found whilst walking around the new ceramics phase two section at the V&A. They include German Meissan Snuff boxes and French Pierced tableware. These have inspired me to begin experimenting to make a new body of work.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Conservation ceramics visit

On Wednesday I got the chance to go behind the scenes at the V&A and visit the ceramics conservation room. It was smaller than I expected, with only three members of staff working there. It was really interesting to find out that all the conservation wok done there was not with ceramics. Care was taken to ensure exhibits where kept stable and looking respectable for show or to get ready for touring. Plaster, tape and paint was used to get to the stage ready for the public to see. I was shown a small fire place surround which was being de constructed, cleaned and repaired before being reconstructed. It was made up of hundreds of small tessellating tiles coloured yellow, red, blue and white.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

V&A Space



The space which Katie Spragg, Matt Raw, Amy Hughes and myself will be working in.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

V&A

Come and see me in the ceramics department at the Victoria and Albert Museum until the end of August.

Floor 6, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London
open daily 10 - 5.30

Project work, ideas, development to follow.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Tantalus!

Please visit Tantalus. A shop in the Brighton North Laines, which now stocks a small range of my ceramic cages.

28 Bond Street
Brighton
BN1 1RD

Monday, 12 July 2010

Suffolk Free press

Catch me in the Suffolk Free Press to read an article about the Designers of the Future Exhibition!

Monday, 5 July 2010

New Studio

I have just had a very exciting day! I have been working hard all day to move into my first new studio after graduation. I am very happy to say that I am a new member of Rose Hill workshops in Brighton. I cannot wait to start making again!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

V&A Photo Shoot





Before the V&A celebratory drinks event on 1st July, Katie Spragg, Hayley Zierold and I arrived early to meet a photographer. We carried out a photo shoot in the Sackler Centre with our three projects to help advertise the event and promote our work. The photos above are some which are being used for the press.