A significant part of this residency will be a 3D printer that I will build based on Jonathon Keep's design, which will print porcelain. But ... I don't want to get so caught up in the hardware that I learn nothing about the material of clay, and so, while I'm waiting for components to arrive from China, I have begun making Japanese Tea bowls using traditional handbuilding techniques. This has been a really engaging process and one which is teaching me a lot about clay, how it responds when handled and how forgiving and versatile it is. These techniques might be the polar opposite of the technological system I will build. The first stage of the process is to pinch the basic shape of the bowl from a ball of clay. It isn't easy, as shown by my poor intial attempts ...
I have just finished processing the beetle stone with last years AA2A artist Leighton Bohl. I have some process shots to show the stone being etched and inked up and I will post some of the prints later.
The first etch:
Cleaning off the asphaltum:
Inking up the stone:
The inked up stone ready to print:
Photos of the prints coming soon, they are currently in the press drying.
Pic of the Week: University of Central Lancashire's AA2A artist Rita Robson's wood engraving 'Within the holloway'. This is one of two images which side by side depict both a journey through woodland and a journey through time as the building falls into ruin.
Rita is a printmaker specialising in relief methods such as wood engraving and linocut. You can see more of Rita's work at http:/
Artist Sarah Hedley hosted the first Drawing Workshop this Tuesday.
We covered the basic drawing skills of line, proportion, angles, shading and tonal values using different types of hand tools. We worked on plad and coloured paper using charcoals and chalk, with warm up exersises to start with.
I would say it was obvious by the end that everyones skills had improved, not to mention we had a talented group of people.
Students professed that it was very helpful and have every intention of attending the next Workshop on the 4th of March.
I personally got to discuss the lifestlyle of a freelancer Illustrator with Sarah to find that the challenges don't get any easier but are always worth while.
Pic of the week: De Montfort University's AA2A artist Harris Chapman's cardboard and fiberboard furniture developments.
You can see more of Harris' work at http:/
We've just updated the homepage on our other website - so now it shows the work of selected artists from this year's scheme (three images at a time). Refresh the page to change the selection: http:/
The finished drawing on the stone, I will be processing it with Leighton Bohl, last years AA2A artist, this week and printing next week.
These are some prints that I will be showing in the Journey exhibition in Bolton with this years AA2A artists Tony Knox, Rita Robson and Simon Plum. Just have to frame them now.
Over the past couple of weeks (appropriately with Valentines Day in the middle) I have discovered a new all encompassing true love - WELDING. How could I have lived for the past 40ish years without this in my life?!
There is something all consuming about working with scary machinery - it concentrates the mind and I have twice now realised that five solid hours have passed in a whoosh of smoke in the throes of plasma cutting and sticking bits of metal together.
The only problem now is - how to get it home on the Park and Ride bus?