Throughout the three years of my degree, the sensibility and commonality to the themes I have invested my time in, context, process and development wise, has given me an artist identity, for which I intend to further develop throughout my career.
Although exploring where craft sits within the fine art spectrum is a well-trodden narrative for those within the field of ceramics, my work tries to fit ‘an intervening space’, a description coined by Jorunn Veiteberg in her book Craft in Transition (2005). A space between function and non-fuction, tradition and breaking with tradition, craftmasnhip-based art and idea-based art, while commenting on early 18th porcelain vessels, time, process, corruptions, formal and iconographic, as they reaseess the historical, social, political and aesthetic values of the decorative object and how it is displayed.
My dissertation was an insight into the history of ceramics within the last century and this research fed into my subject work, contextually but most importantly I can see with more clarity where my practice fits within the wider spectrum.
This particular year has gone past in a heart beat. The first term allowed us to develop our material understanding and in a way I wish I could have taken the opportunity to its fullest potential, although I managed to explore some exciting technical processes involving fluxes which fed into my final work. In addition, the Ceramic Auction took a chunk of our time in that first term, juggling that with the dissertation plus making and research time was a struggle but so much has been learned from that experience (organising and managing a team, networking, IT skills, communication, photographing, marketing) which I would definitely do again. Oh the stress, ok, probably not again. But on a serious note, meeting so many makers including, probably a once in a life opportunity Pippin Drysdale, has been a highlight and having a supportive team especially Marek and Morgan behind this project just made it easier.
Having Johnathan Clarkson lecture series was essential for my contextual development for my exhibition. Considering the setting, the use of the plinth, still life, and how the whole experience needs to be considered has made me more aware of the curation of my final work and helped me make essential decisions.
Professional Practice enabled me to vigorously build upon my own strengths and interests and for me to make analytical judgments which will affect the ways in which the public will understand and read my work, ultimately influencing my career, by building a higher level of intellectual knowledge and calling into the core of my work.
I feel that my degree experience throughout has informed me towards the next stage of my life. I am delighted to have gained a spot in Inc. Space as I will gain further entrepreneurial skills whilst continuing with my art practice. I am hoping by having the degree show soon and exhibiting at New Designers and Art in Clay Hatfield will open new doors to exhibitions, possible career paths.
Very excited for what the future holds.
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