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Week 6 8/11/2021

Old tech + new techniques

I've discovered how the 'tried and tested' ways can be mixed with newer ways of making.

I've narrowed down the Light Forms that I want to make.

1. Gold leaf on plaster - Holburne Museum Light Form.
2. Glazed porcelain  - Pump Rooms Tea Room Light Forms.
3. Burnished and polished steel - Newcastle Light Form.
4. Silver leaf on plaster - Fox Talbot Window Light Form.

Linking the making materials with the environment from where they were captured, gives another level to the piece and seems to be the way to make each Light Form.

The Pump Room will be two objects, one small and silvery, the other bigger, shiny and white. They will be a sort of abstraction of tea pot, cups and spoons.

 

I will not be able to cast the Newcastle one on campus, so I will ask a foundry to quote.  

This may enable me to learn how they cast.

Getting the sun to draw - polishing and testing the cast lens.

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This is the largest lens so far. Polishing took some time and the bubbles in the resin remained. The light that passes through looks good. The lens is not clear enough and it wasn't a bright enough day to burn the paper yet! 

Glazing tests  

Before firing                                        After firing

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Successful I think. Using thicker glaze gives the best results. This week I had a glaze mixing induction and this has opened my eyes to the vast possibilities. The metal glazes that are shiny on the high points and dull or different in the dips will be good for reflecting light and have a good feel.

Test below - copper glaze on different clays.

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Slip casting 

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Partially successful i.e. it ended up in 2 parts, not one object as intended. They are still going to be fired; testing translucency/thickness and a new clay, Parian, that when fired will have a shiny surface without glazing! 

Playing God - a new idea  

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You will be able to play God with tiny people the size of ants. You choose to burn or not to burn, make them look bigger or smaller.

I have made a conjoined lens incorporating both a magnifying (convex) and a reducing (concave) lens. 

A powerful tungsten light will be pointed at this piece, so it will work inside.

The lens and people are already printed. The handle is to be made in metal next week.