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Experiments in the Textile & Print Studios

March 1, 2016 by Clare Thornton   Comments (0)

These screen printing and hot press tests are also at a very early stage.

I’m working here with an old photograph of a reservoir near completion in Birmingham circa 1900 - a curving line/structure that ultimately will contain tonnes and tonnes of water. I'm interested here in containment, yet never far away the prospect of things and ideas teetering on the edge, likely to leak, slip, slide, spill over.

At the same time as working with these materials I'm very much enjoying reading Amelia Jones's inspiring text Irrational Modernism in which the author gives us a history of New York Dada, reinterpreted in relation to the life and works of the wildly eccentric and original Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.







Experiments in the Ceramics Studio

March 1, 2016 by Clare Thornton   Comments (0)

I’ve just begun slip casting in bone china. These are the first casts using old jelly moulds. One has had its first firing the other slow-drying.


There are curves and pleats apparent here. If you've had a chance to check out images in my 'recent works' album you’ll have gathered by now these shapes and forms appeal. 


I’m curious about 'fixing' something that usually wobbles or trembles. Teetering on the edge of collapse. 


In the next batch of casts I want to expose the pieces to risk in the kiln as I'm very interested in droop and bend....






Observing some Raku firing

March 1, 2016 by Clare Thornton   Comments (0)

I was in the ceramics workshop last week loading a couple more test pieces into the kiln when I was lucky enough to catch some of the 3D students unloading their first Raku firing, under the watchful goggle protected eyes of Ceramics Technician Linda Wilson and Tutor Tavs Jorgensen




By way of introduction...

December 17, 2015 by Clare Thornton   Comments (0)

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I recently showed a risograph print 'After After Richard Hughes' (see below) as part of Square One exhibition at the 101 Space, Plymouth University where AA2A artists introduced themselves to students and staff. Each of this years PU AA2A'ers presented a past work to introduce their practice to folks working in the Roland Levinsky Building.

Now I look forward to undertaking the necessary workshop inductions so I can begin to experiment with new (and familiar) materials.

Here are a couple of images from the Spuare One opening event captured by one of AA2A students reps, Oscar Kirkpatrick:


Part 2: Talk

August 21, 2015 by Plymouth University   Comments (0)

Artist talk by current AA2A artists' at Plymouth University, Joanna Brinton and Graham Seaton at the Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth, on Tuesday 25th August between 10-30 and 11-30 am.


January 27, 2015 by Plymouth University   Comments (0)

Artist Lee McDonald currently mentor for AA2A artists 2014/15@Plymouth University

Pic of the Week: Melanie Milne, Staffs Uni (plus Tip of the Week & funding news)...

July 25, 2014 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Staffordshire University's AA2A artist Melanie Milne's experimental print  'Mr. Ostrich'


Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks):

'Aim to continue growing as a creative - learn new skills, meet new people & institutions & push yourself.'    Ralph Overill  AA2A artist at Chelmsford College (2013-14)  

Other news:

We're delighted to announce that we've been successful in our application for funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Lottery fund. This will allow us to continue running and developing AA2A. This year we will be piloting 'AA2A Plus' - a collaboration between York Museums Trust and York College, which will give two of their artists the opportunity to work with the Trust's collection and get 10 days paid work as well.

'Inspired by Miro,' (Online Saatchi exhibition showcasing the work of aa2a artist Lorraine Cooke.)

April 17, 2014 by Lorraine Cooke   Comments (0)

Lorraine Cooke is one of 38 artists selected internationally to be showcased in the online Saatchi exhibition entitled ‘inspired by Miro.’ The exhibition is curated by Kat Henning of Saatchi Art, Henning has worked with Christie’s in their Impressionist and Modern Art Department. The collection showcases the work of artists from the US, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Brazil, France, Uganda and Australia. To view the exhibition or purchase art works please follow the link below: 

Getting started with ideas!

December 2, 2013 by Anna Krystyna Casey   Comments (0)

This week has mainly been about research and planning; deciding the best plan of action for my project. I have met with the technical staff at Derby Uni., who are absolutely fab!! I will be starting to get messy with actual making next week, starting with some small simple clay moulds.  Once I get a feel for how they are working, I will play about with different methods of making the moulds.

I will use the moulds I create for slumping my glass onto. I want to achieve texture and movement in my glass, to emphasise the crocheted wire fabric which is trapped within.  I’ll be using my Pinterest board as an online sketchbook: http://www.pinterest.com/annakrystyna/aa2a-project/.

My research this week has been two-fold., I got lost in the library for a few hours. When I was a student I loved doing this, and always came out inspired, so it was great to get back in the stacks! I also went out to the Harley Gallery: if you don’t know it, it’s well worth the trip. This week was their Christmas Market. I had a lot of friends exhibiting there, but also got to see some work new to me. I was particularly taken with the work of Polly & Garry Uttley. Their beautiful wall panels mimic fabric, in this case intricate and detailed Indian textiles, capturing the surface texture and the movement in a solid form. At first glance, they are easily mistaken for fabric until closer inspection. I don’t aim to go quite this far with my glass, I am more concerned with the qualities and shapes rather than the details.  However the shapes and compositions were very inspiring, and it was great to see clay used in this way!