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Mudslinger Ceramics

Member Since 16 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 03 2015 09:48 PM

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In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

01 March 2015 - 06:56 PM

At the end of my 2nd year at uni we were given an assignment which we had to present to the combined ceramics classes in an audio/visual presentation. This exercise was in preparation for our final year projects and body of work.  We had to collect images of artists work, influences and inspirations from the library and internet that we admired, and WITHIN the powerpoint presentation intersperse slides of our own work made within the last 2 years.


I found this project quite startling and revealing of my own work. I clearly saw how I was influenced by many ceramic artists working in bonechina and/or porcelain paperclay (eg. Angelor Mellor, Sandra Black) but also those working in experimental clay structures and processes (eg. Ewan Henderson, Claudi Cassanovas), I was also influenced by handmade papermaking, mixed media sculpture and the concept of an object's relationship to it's surrounding space...............I could NOT have put my 'style' into any words or have even recognised it if I had not done the assignment and seen my work in relation to others.   I used to say 'I just like it' about some of my own pieces but I couldn't have told you why...............


....................it may sound boring, or like some sort of school homework but there really is nothing as revealing as compiling a collection of others work that you really like and having a look at your own in relation to them, once your influences are revealed to you then just keep making and let it go...............   my by-line to these posts sums it up for me ................


'Don't worry about your originality. You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to.

It will stick with you and show up for better or for worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.'

                                                                              - Robert Henri



In Topic: My Angelbun's Urn

26 February 2015 - 07:32 PM

Timely post!! .....good suggestions.


My beautiful and very gentle spirited male fox terrier 'Ärgie left the world yesterday and I'm tearing up constantly. Have asked for his ashes to be returned to me for keeping until his daughter 'Nina' follows him in a few years time so have been thinking last night how to best make a 2 chambered vessel that will suit now and for later. Have never made for anything like this before and don't yet know how big it should be so am taking notes from the posts here.



In Topic: Firing Service Fees

22 February 2015 - 08:09 PM

In Australia many community studios charge by weight at $5/kg bisque firing and $8-10/kg glaze firing (depending on who does the glaze prep and for extra 'no touching' space needed in the kiln load).



In Topic: Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

28 December 2014 - 07:54 PM

Domestic production work: very occaisionally, gallery sculptural pieces: no.



In Topic: Critique - Worst You've Heard

23 December 2014 - 02:02 AM

Hi Paul


Am quite competitive but I didn't expect great marks, I liked my concept alot but I knew with such a diverse group in the class across so many disciplines that the assessments would be somewhat subjective, that bit was ok. We did have a 1 hour discussion session with the lecturer near the beginning while we outlined and explained our projects. She did say she didn't 'get' ceramics so I expected she wouldn't love my plate but I did think we were on the same page about the whole concept. So the comment in the review about the plate not suiting the Asian market was so left field!


What shocked the class was that the sustainable design taught by some genuinely remarkable designers and acedemics for 3 years did not match the concept of 'design' expected at assessment.  Had 'Etsy' design (for want of a better word) been what was wanted from us then we would have obviously approached the final projects quite differently.


Love study wont put me off, just a bit wary