Home Truths Initiation and Research

The initiation of my ceramic project named ‘Home Truths‘ began on the 18th of October 2016 at the National Museum of Wales.

The brief asks for an outcome of 6 narrative plates based on my sense/perception of home.

What does a narrative mean? A tale, story, account, portrayal.

Visual Research from within the National Museum of Wales – My selected 3 favourite ceramics from today:

I loved the patterned background that drew me to this piece and the aspect of the characters in a form of activity going all the way around the vessel that allows the viewer to read the narrative work as they would either carefully turn it or walk around this fragile form. The colour palette and aesthetic to its design definitely carries across the Chinese culture well.
I loved the patterned background that drew me to this piece and the aspect of the characters in a form of activity going all the way around the vessel that allows the viewer to read the narrative work as they would either carefully turn it or walk around this fragile form. The colour palette and aesthetic to its design definitely carries across the Chinese culture well.
Plate by Eric Ravillious. I really loved this one for its collection of imagery and the artists' choice in using only the outer rim of the plate as the centre space gives that room to think and encourages me to take in the images with an open mind.
Plate by Eric Ravillious. I really loved this one for its collection of imagery and the artists’ choice in using only the outer rim of the plate as the centre space gives that room to think and encourages me to take in the images with an open mind.
I really loved the cellular and particle like pattern on this jug that I saw at the museum. I feel this patterning could represent how with every cell in my body I love my home and not a space is left open for doubt in this deeply embedded love for home. Descriptors: embedded, permanent, strong, persuasive and loyal.
I really loved the cellular and particle like pattern on this jug that caught my attention at the museum. I feel that this patterning could represent how with every cell in my body I love my home and not a space is left open for doubt in this deep embedded love for home. Descriptors: embedded, permanent, strong, persuasive, intamacy and loyal.

My Favourite Ceramic artists that caught my eye from the presentations today:

the art room plant: Laura Carlins Ceramics:
Plate by Laura Carlin. I loved this piece that I was showed today because it’s so bold in its message. ISOLATION, LONLINESS. It evokes poignant feelings that the audience can recall and relate too. I can feel empathy for this little horse. Home can sometimes be a lonely place.
Paul Scott, "Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), Palestine, Gaza," 2015, glaze, decal, gold, c. 1840 Adams plate, 9.25 x 1".:
I love how Paul Scott’s imagery opposes to the home like sanctuary, security and safety typically suggested by this object. Paul vs both the reminder of home being the household plate with a disturbing and contrasting destructive and eye opening reality check for its unsuspecting viewers which makes a very powerful statement.

STEPHEN BOWERS:

This is stunning work entitled ‘Camouflage Plates’ by Stephen Bowers who uses digital and commercial decal transfers with a montage technique. These plates have such an amazing effect on the eye I love all the colours it’s just so tremendously visually striking and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Bowers efforts is easily sellable to me out of the work I have seen so far and I feel confident that this is the artist who has captured my attention the most, I would want to own one of these plates they are that good.
S Bowers The-Complete-Angler-plate LW:
Another plate by Bowers. I love the 3D illusion that Bowers masters with many of his plates like this one. The blue illustrative work looks as though lifted from the ceramic surface slightly which has been carefully created with those darker tones surrounding the edges of the top layer (blue work) to create the act of shadows. The orange sky suggesting warmth of the environment and the cold blue particularly work interestingly together.

My Dislikes:

Stephen Bird - War on Pottery 3:
‘War on Pottery’ by Stephen Bird. Plates are for the home and this is just so gross and it shocks the viewers simply by the act of doing something that you’re not supposed to do. I like the concept of doing something that is never done but I hate this combination of an object you eat off with a sexual scene. It’s obvious to me why people didn’t and don’t depict casual sex scenes on plates or in art that often. The war to the ‘pottery’ is that this is the destruction to everything harmonious and graceful that the plate once was. So Bird has brought on a fight by opposing those warming qualities of plates which I think has an immediate defacing effect and very potentially powerful. This is just not something that I’d buy for my home as the subject isn’t too pleasant. I would want my work to be sellable and to employ an important purpose like in Paul Scott’s environmental piece shown above to get my viewer to protect our home.

Video I watched that night:

Paul Scott, artist and author, provides a guide to transferring graphic images onto ceramics, employing various techniques suitable for home and studio use.

 

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Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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