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Mudslinger Ceramics

Member Since 16 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 23 2014 02:03 AM
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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

 

Irene


In Topic: Critique - Worst You've Heard

22 December 2014 - 04:20 AM

After 3 1/2 years of studying my Master of Design where lecturers focussed on sustainability, ethical trade practices, smart packaging, multi-discipline project collaborations, new technologies etc, etc........basically the whole  'Cradle-to-Cradle' design principles (see: http://en.wikipedia....o-cradle_design),..... we were asked for our final projects with assessment to be made by the Head of the Design faculty, herself a textile designer.........much blood, sweat and tears ensued for 45 students for 6 months!!

 

We were a multi disciplined class including jewellery, computer programming, 3D modelling,  fabric and textiles, graphic design, architectural and environmental design, furniture, lighting......and 2 ceramicists!  My fellow ceramics student designed and manufactured the prototype for a ceramic/charcoal water filter for containers used in developng countries without a clean water supply.

 

I developed and prototyped a segmented and proportioned dinner plate illustrated with the foodstuffs to go into each segment, to be used by people without nutritional knowledge or the ability to fully understand nutritional information such as children, people with interllectual disability, limited learning skills etc The plate was based on the needs and proportions of a Western diet as recommended by the Australian Health Department.

 

Most of the students for the other disciplines also followed similar types of sustainable design concepts. Presentation and packaging were part of the assessment too. We set up en-masse in the lecture hall and were asked to leave during the assessment process.....nervous, nervous, nervous!!!  I knew mine wasn't the best my last firing had bubbled and changed one colour but I saw some amazing and genuinely clever, clever ideas in that room!

 

Results were posted 2 weeks later and a howl of disbelief went up with the 11 other students I stood near, when the only High Distinction was given to a girl who designed frilly fabric wristbands with photos of her dead grandmother on them!!!!.......think 16-24 y.o girlie Etsy stuff!!  We were outraged!! 3 years of sustainable design principles to be beaten at the end by 'pretty', frilly crap!....but protests fell on deaf ears as she was the Head of the Design Faculty, very influential in her field and the Uni would not take issue with her.

 

My particular critique was that my plate design was unsuitable for an Asian market!!! eventhough it was not designed or promoted for that.....I still, 4 years later, find the results and my particular critique unfathomable.....the degree lost it's value for me.... though to be fair, I learned HEAPS that changed my outlook on design and still influences my work practices today and that learning makes much of my resultant uni debt bearable.

 

Have never again trusted a critique by anyone without a CLOSE look at a person's own creative preferences and priorities.

 

Irene


In Topic: Xmas Wish

22 December 2014 - 03:08 AM

Usual big picture things.......world peace, good health, no guns etc, etc

 

Personally.......a studio in my rented home as big and as well out fitted as the studio I keep 20kms away......after 3 years of driving the route I'm getting a bit crazy with it........ even though the studio is set in a beautiful riverside park, Sydney traffic stinks!

 

Irene


In Topic: Translucent Porcelain Hidden Pattern Experiment.

22 December 2014 - 02:50 AM

Very nice concept Matt!.......esp. like the 3rd sample

 

....coloured back lighting as part of the layering mix?

 

Irene


In Topic: Re-Firing Commercial Porcelain

06 December 2014 - 05:17 AM

Hello Dave

 

Welcome to the forums. 

 

I have fired decals onto commercial pottery and most results were good but you do need to know if the piece is earthenware, stoneware/porcelain or bonechina as the glaze chemistry for these categories of pottery are different and may change the colour of the design on the plate or the decal as the glaze softens and starts to activate again. All metal accents on a piece will permanently tarnish or burn out completely because the layer of metal is so thin, ditto with lustre colours and  porcelain painting because these colour films are also very thin.....

 

....having said all that, decals are great fun and will fire onto most china most of the time with very little trouble because the firing temperature of the decal is much lower than the glazes on the piece.

 

I am Australian so I think metric.... my firing schedule is...60C/hr to 150C to thoroughly dry the decal, 120C/hr to 570C hold 10mins, 120C/hr to 810C hold 10mins, off.

 

Would also suggest doing a test piece first.  Good luck and show us the results.

 

Irene