My initial research involved pinterest. I find its a good way to explore what has been done to take inspiration but not to copy. I now know whats already out there and therefore i know whats missing or what i think should be in the market.
As bronze is my main medium quite a few images involves the material but i explore table wear in general. Im thinking of making my focus on cutlery more specifically a fork or spoon for this project to see if this is the route for me and my practice.
even though they are simple utensils the possibilities are endless, round, long, pointy, textural, smooth, large, small. these pictures showed me all different types of forms and how they can become a collection.
I also have started to see techniques that i find interesting which would suit other material combinations for example a glaze or ceramic rather than joining bronze and wood.
This project is based on making our mark, were experimenting with potential avenues for 3rd, year, for our practice. BAMS opened up so many possibilities to me. i have always have a love and almost natural affinity with metal. usually cold manipulation with steel steel, so working with metal but using molten metal was a huge change for me. But i loved it the intense process and the versatility of the material really intrigues me.
My starting point is bronze. its a traditional material that can hold a more contemporary style. however i don’t want bronze on its own i want another medium to support it. I think theres more skill and a better look with a dual materiality within a project. I remember walking through last years degree show and seeing my favourite pieces being made from more than one material.
- Bronze and pewter
- Wood and aluminium
- Ceramic and wood
- Concrete and glass.
In the past ive used more industrial materials and tried to explore and emphasise the beauty i see in them and portray it to everyone who thinks they can not be beautiful. I think i want to go back to working with a materials that you don’t consider beautiful or elegant and use them in a delicate way.
Im really intrigued with the combination of concrete/ cement and bronze and very industrial material meets very traditional. the idea of a deep bronze metallic and contrast with the pale smooth or textured of the concrete/cement would be a very interesting.
i think the idea of bronze and wood although in the past i really have not got on with wood as a medium. Im going to give wood turning to see if that process has any more potential with me. Im interested to see how the mix of wood and bronze would be but it doesn’t intrigue me as much as other combinations.