I've worked on a few drafts of this. I began as always transcribing the words into a word document, this time from my glossary of tabu terms from the Haaf fishermen, found first quoted by MacFarlane, then in my Shetland Glossary bought online from the Shetland Times bookstore. ‘Shetland Words’, A dictionary of the Shetland … Continue reading Shetland glossary- visual poetry
The organisation of the work final presentation has progressed in the last month. I’ve had a couple of meetings with the blacksmith Alesdair working out how to make the water trough for the top of the plinth. He had problems welding the steel plate, as he applied heat it was warping, so I’ve abandoned that … Continue reading Practical reflection
This project has been moving through different phases; research, exploration, conception, development, model and mould making, slip casting, firing, photography, discussion, reflection, slip casting of black parian, firing, photography, reflection, and lastly the discussion of how to communicate the work in the final showing in the 'show'. At this point I decided to try to … Continue reading Point of reflection
I fired two pieces of black parian to 1200 after the bisque firing and sanding. It is the higher side of the firing range but the pieces came out vitrified and no warping. I took the advantage of a sunny day to take the two black and two white pieces onsite to photograph. I am … Continue reading Taking the black parian onsite
Fired to 1150, lower end of the range. It didn't mature, surface patchy and grey. Taller than the white. I've put them back in at 1200. The danger is warping and slumping.
I took the first two fired pieces on site to see how the work will look when photographed in the timber ponds. I wanted to look at the work reflected in the water, how the work frames the view, how the texture of the parian works with the seaweed and sand. I went near sunset … Continue reading Photography and reflection
The previous two months have been spent drying out the moulds, cleaning each of them out with stoneware slip, then making parian slip casts. I chose parian for a number of reasons: self glazing, smooth and luminous, single fired to 1240. I want the pieces to be quiet and neutral, framing the negative space. Working … Continue reading First firing
I documented each part of mould 4 in photographs and made a video. iPhone 7, iMovie 10.1.12
I've been exploring the profiles of the timbers by tracing elevational studies onto photographs. Photographs taken with iPhone 7, imported into Adobe Draw, iPad Pro, traced over using apple pencil. Edited in Adobe Illustrator CC2019 and Adobe Photoshop CC2019.