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:
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.