Tutorial 18.05.11

It¬†might be another tangent but I have spent this evening looking at Topology (doughnut to teacup!). I liked Nick’s suggestion of using two different fragments in one piece with a space in-between. If one was a piece from a plate and the other was from a cup how would you get from one form to another?

Topology is the study of those properties of mathematical objects that remain unaffected by smooth deformations, such as stretching and squeezing, but that don’t involve tearing. If you tried to go from a teacup to a plate the plate would end up with a hole in it because of the hole in a teacups handle, interesting and artistically not necessarily a problem.

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Plaster

Well the mould is finished. It’s not the best mould I have ever made (I forgot to wash off the soft soap so it’s a bit flakey) but it is intact.

I have just been playing about with what I can do with the mould, I started off by breaking the first piece and sticking it very crudely back together. At first I thought I would fire some of the¬†pieces separately and apply decals thus creating my own fragments. I had left quite a few gaps so I then thought it would be interesting to re-pour the mould with a contrasting coloured slip which would (hopefully) just fill in the gaps. As you can see from the photos the results weren’t great, mainly because the first layer was too dry and fell out with the weight of the second layer. It does however have potential, I have used up all my slip on the first experiment so I am now in the process of learning how to make my own casting slip. I also thought that using paper clay would enable me to push he piece further, making it more able to withstand all the processes involved. I am also planning on re-visiting the idea of making my own fragments.