Dissertation Reflection.

I found myself enjoying the actual writing of my dissertation. I found that by choosing a subject I am actually interested, that loosely links to my subject worked help me find motivation to write. However I did not have enough motivation do to the foundation work earlier on in the summer, if i could go back i would force myself to do so much more reading and note taking during this time. I can not even explain why i didn’t get my act together and do the work sooner. When it came to the few weeks before formative hand in I was incredibly stressed i had to do a lot of reading and the writing but again found my self enjoying a few of the books I used within the formative. It was a silly mistake which I  payed the price for during formative.

I am having issues splitting my week in to subject and dissertation time. I found I have not been able to focus on writing when my project is so up in the air and so close to the summative deadline for subject. I know I should not but I feel like I may have to reduce the dissertation work to just reading extra books during the term and focus more of the writing during Christmas. This will not be easy but I believe it is better to do this rather that procrastinating with Sennett’s ‘The Craftsman’ open in front of me for the whole day.

Another big worry for me is getting the dissertation technically correct, so getting the referencing correct, the abstract, making sure I do not plagiarise myself  and the structure to name a few points. I am confident enough that I will hand in a relatively okay piece of writing and I do not think I will fail. The fact that the dissertations hold so much weight in regards to credits accounting towards my degree is very scary, as I find this is not my strongest are.  I know not to let that worry me as from previous essay i have surprised my self and managed to achieve good marks, so with better time management i can achieve a good dissertation.

I am still worrying about the dissertation and am slightly anxious by the huge word count. The largest piece of writing I have previously had to do is 4000 and that was the proposal. So 8000-10,000 is a little bit daunting. I have left a lot of the work  till this term but there is nothing I can do except face the challenge, try to improve my time management skills and get on with it.


seasoning pots

At this point in knew i wanted to stick with table wear or home ware, to combine this i decided with the help from the feedback from a tutorial to make a seasoning pot it is table wear but not in the obvious sense, a seasoning pot can sit on the table or in the kitchen is is not like a bowl or plate but can still continue the theme of the table wear.

On a quick google search I found a few images of  seasoning pots, most of them are quite literally two pots or very gimmicky shapes like penguins holding hands.  I am more interested in the sets that a more simple that have texture of focus on the form and material. I like the pots with stands or spoons as it adds a little extra to the set up, and a contrast of materials.

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Here are a few more examples of seasoning pots on pinterest i like, again for its form and materials and use of stands and spoons. However there are all very organic or rustic and dont really include contrast between geometric and biomosphic. however this isnt necessarily a bad thing ass it potentially shows a gap in the market.


Google images, seasoning pots(2017) Available at:https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_en-ly a bad thing as it hopefully shows a gap in the market GBGB765GB765&tbm=isch&q=seasoning+pots&chips=q:seasoning+pots,g_2:salt+and+pepper&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijg7yvj4zYAhXKD8AKHcfaCb8Q4lYIKygA&biw=1396&bih=676&dpr=1.38. [Accessed on 15 Nov]


Second Artefact

As mentioned previously on “After the pitch” blog post table wear still interests me. The dichotomy of bronze and ceramic is something i really want to explore further as i feel it has a lot of potential that i yet to work with.  Although i regard the bowl a success, a lot can be improved on. In reality its not likely that someone would buy a bowl where part of the bowl is potentially toxic, even if I were able to use a food safe bronze it would be incredibly expensive to support the weight and process and the bronze.

If I want to continue on the path of ceramic bronze I ideally need to reduce the amount of bronze. I have recently been looking at the metal work on cafetieres. They are both functional yet have glass and metal incorporated in to the design. (cafetiere filter coffee)

This also got me thinking off glass and bronze. A lattice like metal structure with glass blown into the vessel, allowing the glass to bubble out between the metal. I have been in contact with my uncle who works at Dartington Crystal in Dartmoore asking about the possibility of blown glass and metal structure. I am now in contact with the designer who is the liaison between art colleges and the company i would like to explore glass as it is just as suitable and functional as ceramic but is a un developed material in my skills bank.

glass and metal email

Another area that i have researched that would not be available for many years if at all but it very interesting to learn about is spraying metal on to components. The chief engineer of Cremer (spraying company) very kindly emailed this link for me to research as a contextual research.


It is a process of heating in this case a bronze wire and ultimately sprayed by being finely pulverised, they use sand blasting to prepare the surface and coat the bronze in resin or oil depending of the function of the object. now this process is currently being used for large processing and engineering purposes such as resistors and silicon chip making facilities. Although this is very unlikely that i would be able to use the is process it is still incredibly interesting to see how bronze is still integrated in very advance techniques and processes. (Cremer, bronze coating)

For now i want to explore the development of frames and encapsulating the ceramic whilst still having the ceramic vessel visible. I took inspiration from Maya Selway who predominately does jewellery. However in a collect exhibition so showed delicate frames silhouetting bowls candle stick holders and more. These forms are very delicate and frame like. (Caroline banks)(collect london)



Cremer, Bronze coating. Available at: http://www.cremer-coating.com/metal-spraying/bronze-coating.html. [ Accessed on 10 Nov]

Google images, cafetiere filter coffee. Available at https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBGB765GB765&tbm=isch&q=cafetiere+filter+coffee&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwis5_Pm94bYAhWDD8AKHQEfClIQvwUIPCgA&biw=1396&bih=676&dpr=1.38#imgrc=BRBRVpQ7Av3DgM: [Accessed on 10 Nov]

Dartington crystal. Avaialble at https://www.dartington.co.uk/%5Baccessed on 10 Nov]

caroline banks, blog. available at http://carolinebanks.co.uk/exhibitions-in-london/collect-london-metal-and-ceramics/ [Accessed on 10 Nov]

Google images, ceramic and metal. Available at https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=metal+and+ceramics&rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBGB765GB765&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3xZ-S-YbYAhUkIMAKHVgkAUsQ_AUICygC&biw=1396&bih=676#imgrc=qMduAgB-Sn2NxM: [Acessed on 10 Nov]


Gesamtkunstwerk Bowl

The Getsumkunstwerk project was initialy from a presentation of several works that help create a picture of our “ideal object”. From this the group gave us a list of words or characteristic that got from our presentation. WE then had to pick 6 words from this list that we really felt summarised our ideal object, form this we were to make a bowl using these words. The Words that i choose were:

  • Contrast
  • Materiality
  • Honest
  • Functional
  • Engineering
  • Metal

The finished bowl consisted of two hexagonal bowls both cut at angles. The bowls were made so that the outer bowl mad of bronze which has an aesthetic purpose but also supports and protects the inner ceramic bowl. this is the more functional of the two bowls in a domestic context.


My bowl has meet all 6 requirements for this project as it has not only material but colour contrast. Metal is my preferred medium although I do like to experiment and try other materials metal specifically bronze is my favourite medium. The process of pouring and finish bronze is very extensive , high of risk and exciting. However the way the strong and solid material can portray such fluid forms and the warmth in its finishes when most metal are coll and chrome is fascinating to me. Ceramic is a very versatile and to me precious material, its ranges in form, methods, glazes and process are extensive and quite freeing if you have the patience. They are almost polar opposite materials in terms of fragility, making and finish, they work beautifully together although they are distinctly different.

The Bowl is also about the material its form how the planes of the hexagon intercept.  The bowls presence as an object. And how the two bowls can be separated or used as one. The materials are honest in their finishes and purpose as a functional object, one for domestic use the other for visual and to support. Although coloured glazes and patination of the bronze would not discredit the fact the bowl is bronze and ceramic I still choose to finish them in more honest and simple way. The white and bronze are polished but natural finish which create striking contrast between the two layers which still sitting in harmony together.

The ceramic bowl can hold food, liquids or  object just as the bronze bowl can hold non consumer able object and the ceramic. However together they create one object one that is usable and safe. i would like to explore other routes where i can use hopefully bronze but if not another casting metal that is food safe. The problem of having a bronze vessel is that a customer could easily use it for products that can be consumed even with warnings. The bowl is still usable even for food just no the bronze part of it. For decoration or holding objects it is 100% usable.

It took many weeks to engineer this bowl. It involved a lot of calculation and trial and error to make a two 6 sided angled bowls that fit inside each other, whilst working with different shrinkage’s from two materials. They both took different time frames and processes and techniques to make.  This is the most difficult object I have made to date, my skills were thoroughly challenged in this project.


IF there were more time or i knew alot of what i had learnt then i would have taken the time to properly work out how the shrinkage would affect the materials and therefore the fit of the bowls. I would also have liked to taken more time in finishing polishing and refining the bowls. as a few days are not enough to finish the bronze bowl to a high standard. I would also like to go back a re make my slip casting mould i did not make a funnel of sort to the edge of the cast would have been more precise.

However, i ma proud of the bowl it is one of the most complex thing i have made and it did push me. but most importantly to me it gave to the motivation to continue on with the combination of bronze and ceramic. There are aspects of the bowl and my processes that i can improve on but i have made a bowl that i am proud of. The most successful part for me is the visual of the two angels meeting. The interception is defined even more by the contrasting white and bronze. This is what i want to explore further.




After the Pitch

current bowl:

after feed back in the pitch I started to think about whether the current design and path way of table wear is suited to me a maker.  The bowl is heavy, which meas it is clunky and would cost a lot. with the current design of two flat bowls that sit within each other the bronze has no use. why use both bowls together when you could just use the ceramic bowl. however if the bronze bowl is the support for the ceramic bowl which could not stand by itself, would be a hindrance. Also i enjoy the aspect of intercepting planes but  dont feel like the geometric shapes represents my potential practice.

I want to stay working with bronze, i love the materiality of bronze. they way you can use what is a very brittle and rigid materials but create a very fluid even globular form with the material. compared to many other materials i feel the colouring even without patina has such warmth. the warm yellow or bronze tones give me a bigger sense of character for the material than steel or iron.

i think bronze has a connotation of luxury, with a big sense of tradition or historical value. Its a weighty material that takes time and resources to make the material. It is not the cheapest material or widely functional.

potential ideas

  • Continue with table wear but more delicate and simplified
  • coffee tables
  • lighting
  • items of value
  • small things, door handles, handheld mirrors, candelabra

valued objects

1# – phone laptop, stuffed toy

2#  – jewellery, stuffed toy, photographs,

3# – Irish wishing stone, books, pliers

4#  – guitar, beautiful utilitarian, knifes, pots, bronze zippo, up cycled bottle opener, novel and strange

5# – laptop, phone, bed

would any of these objects suit bronze? deciding from and making objects inspired by items of worth is a key point. I want to create objects that instigate value in the owner or user. But i feel like the list above has potential but is currently just me fishing and forcing ideas.

Furniture – again not a bad option has potential but i am not massively interested in furniture. In the future wit could be an interesting route to explore but right now i don’t feel like this is the best option for my ideas and for bronze. not 100% dismissing the idea though.

lighting- very interesting now that have researched and see the working bronze lighting i think it is a very good idea. Particularly inspired by Dubloons project Akaroa lighting.


However i keep coming back to table wear i don’t feel like i have experimented enough to give in firm no to the idea of bronze and ceramic in a domestic setting as table wear.

I have been inspired by forms such as hammered bronze, dripping bronze, textured bronze being used as a holder or delicate casing based of cafetieres, only for support and small amount of decoration,