Unit 5: Ceramics Workshop

For our ceramics workshop I decided to complete six tiles showing the changes throughout the seasons.

I began my kneading the clay, this is required to remove any air bubbles within the clay so that when fired there is far less chance that the work will break in the heat.

I then used a rolling pin and wood measure to roll out the clay so that it was all to one thickness and the tiles would all be uniform.

I next cut out the square base for each tile keeping them all to the same dimensions.

For the next step I decided that I wanted to express the passing through the seasons via the symbolic blossom. To create this I decided at this scale creating the branches solely out of clay and to add the flowers at the later stage of glazing.

I rolled out clay into small cylinders and attached them to the tile base with slip (a mixture of clay and water) in a branch like shape.


Once the branches were attached I smoothed them using more slip so the harsh edges blended more with the base.

As seen in the photo above I used a sharpe tool to add some texture to the branches as well as a kimono inspired detailing in the tiles free space. They were then ready for firing.


I decided to make these pieces the experimental pieces for my unit 10 ceramics works in that I tested different possible glazes on them. Below are how they turned out with the glazed detailing and petals.

I believe my ceramic work in unit 10 benefited by the practice that this workshop enabled and I think the pieces reached the look and standard that I was aiming towards.



Group Project: Bike

For our group piece we were commissioned to create a work to be showcased at Blackboy Hill Cycles In Bristol, A locally, well established store selling bicycles plus a repair workshop and cycle hire.

The Brief:

  • To collaboratively plan and create a bicycle themed window display for Blackboy Hill Cycles.
  • Display work publicly
  • Work on a real life professional brief.
  • Face challenges, in terms of space, materials and creative disagreements
  • Work together as a group to design and make something that you all agree with and have a part to play in. You must ensure that every voice gets heard and everyone has a role to play.

For this collaborative project we first come together as a group to discuss possible outcomes that all of us would be happy to work towards and create a professional standard piece for the shop.

We decided on a design in the shape of a bike where each classmate would contribute via  there own box (of a certain section of the bike) inside it a representation of Bristol in any way each person saw fit.

I decided to base my work on the iconic St Mary Redcliffe church.



Finale Design:

Finished Piece:



I believe the class worked well in this collaboration piece and the work came together very successfully. We, despite some combating opinions worked well to resolve these and the result was a display to a high enough standard that it was successfully presented in the shop.