Making Porcelain leafs (Ivy Leaf)

1. Rolled out plastic porcelain between two pieces of paper, laid leaf on top and rolled finer still. Paper was carefully pealed away and leaf carefully pealed away with the aid of a scalpel. Result was slightly uneven, approx 0.6mm in thinnest areas and 1mm in thickest areas. (Whilst still wet) Method would be good for attaching clay leaf to pot whilst actual plant leaf is still in place, and then carefully removing the leaf once attached. Could also fire in combustible firing, however would this cause discolouring?

2. Attempting to use thin porcelain slip has not yet been sucessful – clay too fragile when so thin to peel back – could try firing with leaf in place?  Can successfully and easily peel away from plaster bat using metal kidney, but cannot peel back actual leaf.


Portraying Memory – Girl with Red Dress


The images above are variations of an image intended to portray joy, memory and the freedom of open spaces.
Inspired by a photograph of myself spinning round in a floaty red dress captured by a close friend, the images are constructed of a watercolour painting and photographs of landscape that were then edited together using Photoshop cs5. The photographs used were taken by myself in Ferryside (for the fields) and LLanstephan (for the beach). Both are places in Wales that I sometimes visit with friends or family, which hold fond memories.
The use of watercolour creates a sense of memory by abstracting the figure from the reality of the photograph. The pose of the figure adds an element of fun and freedom by capturing the motion of spinning around to make a dress swish around.

Critique: To improve this technique I need to use a thinner pen to avoid bleeding and to aid drawing the smaller lines such as the hands. More care and time should be spent on ensuring the figure appears proportionate. The initial pencil sketch for this image looked proportionate but then when the black ink was applied, it suddenly becomes more obvious where the figure doesn’t carry realistic proportions, for example the lighter red area of the breast should be significantly reduced and the waist underneath should be slightly enlarged.

Relation to ceramic practise: I feel this technique creates lovely images that would be ideal for having printed directly on to ceramic artefacts. To do so, the design must have a smooth surface area and must be relatively flat. (For example a cylindrical shape would still be easy to apply to, but a spherical shape would prove problematic.)

Susanna Bauer

Christening Stone – (Private Commission) Cement, Elastic Bands, Spoon, Cotton Yarn -Approx. 11 x 14 x 3 cm when closed.
Doileaf – Magnolia Leaf, Cotton Yarn – 4.5 x 7.5 cm
Cube Tree – Leaves, Cotton Yarn, Wood – approx. 22 x 15 x 5 cm
Christening Stone – (Private Commission) Granite Stone, Cotton Yarn, Sterling Silver – dia. approx. 17 cm

“I go walking.
I find a leaf, a piece of driftwood – or sometimes it finds me.
I take it home and its new life begins. “

The work of Susanna Bauer combines found objects with the traditional crafts of crochet and sewing to create a fantastic juxtaposition of nature and the domestic: A theme that is directly relevant to my project. By adorning artefacts of nature with soft decoration, Bauer’s sculptures highlight the beautiful details of her everyday outdoor surroundings (Cornish landscapes) evoking a sense of calm contemplation and homeliness, successfully reminding the viewer of the importance of the simple things in life that bring peace, such as taking time to let go of stresses and just be and feel at one with nature. This is almost exactly the effect I would like to achieve with my work. Similarly, I must explore combing found objects with my craft (ceramics) to see if the same effect can be achieved with clay.

With a background in television prop making, a steady hand and delicate touch are skills Bauer has developed to an exceptional level: talents that are so obviously necessary to create such fine sculptural works. Bauer was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1969 and has lived in England since 1996. Her time is split between London and Cornwall, with her home since 2010 being in the West Penwith region of Cornwall.

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