Barnaby Barford

The porcelain work of Barnaby Barford has also been a part of my research into ceramics, his porcelain work takes objects with a long history of social propriety which have been juggled to become jarring or inappropriate. The brilliance of this is that he has managed to capture well known characters and personas in an…

Grayson Perry

I have highlighted the artist Grayson Perry as part of my research due to his fantastic pottery work. The work I am observing is his pottery work due to the designs he applies to them. From a distance they could pass for a casual decorative piece however on closer inspection you may see more than…

Fornasetti

Investigating ceramics lead me across some of Piero Fornasetti’s work which is fascinating, his graphic design work involving Lina Cavalieri who was a very talented  operatic soprano, actress, and monologist. Piero Fornasetti was a painter and interior designer in Milan. He’s best known for his whimsical approach to design and graphics, Fornasetti decorated thousands of…

Valeria Monis

Whilst researching ceramics and Russian prison tattoos I came across this fantastic collection by an artist called Valeria Monis. She has hand crafted a collection of ‘criminal ceramics’ and they are beautiful, combining russian prison tattoos with traditional Russian blue porcelain, connecting two strands of Russian art history. Each of the plates are handmade, illustrated by…

Industreal

This post is dedicated to ‘Industreal’, a design company based around making products that are meaningful and relevant as they believe that is the key to design.

G.H. Leathers – Field trip

Yesterday we went on a field trip to Northamptonshire to visit GH Leathers which is one of the UK’s largest resources for leather skins, since 1998 stocking and supplying a range of product suited to the garment, accessory, home furnishing, upholstery and light footwear industries; a range that covers lamb skin, cow hide, goat suede,…

Moonshine.3

For this I have taken some time to appreciate a different material to craft with. I chose porcelain clay as I wanted to try and design with my hands again. There was a small challenge for this and it was that it would be a present for someone I am quite close to. Creating something…

Moonshine.2

To progress my attempts I then began to focus on shaping metal as I would like to create a complete product from metal. I experimented with crafting metal into shapes and learning the basics of shaping metal. I played with copper as it is quite malleable when it has been annealed, which is the process of…

Moonshine.1

As part of my masters course, we are encouraged to engage in ‘moonshine’ time, inspired by Luna Design NYC in which we work on our own projects and experiment outside of the course. As I am heavily inspired by it at the moment, I am going to try and replicate my own ‘khem sak’ which is…

Sacred Yantra Tattooing

Tattoos believed to offer protection and other benefits have been recorded everywhere throughout both mainland Southeast Asia and as far south as Indonesia and the Philippines. Chinese chronicles describe yantra tattooing among the Tai cultures of southwestern China and northwestern Vietnam at least 2,000 years ago. Over the centuries the tradition spread to what is now…

Intolerance

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Woodland Trust

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