Construction methods

I felt I had made progress this week in terms of construction methods, the suggestion to explore non predictable outcomes by Pete in my formative assessment feedback was good for me. Not having studied a practical art subject it infused my creativity. This week I designed a lot of laser cut components to see how I can connect them together to form shapes or forms. It is a way for me to visually sketch and explore forms. The images below illustrate laser cut shapes, obviously they are only in 2 dimensions but it enables me to explore different projections of a proposed model. Whist playing with these pieces I started to think about extending the sides of the components, extending certain faces and offsetting the joins.


I designed a component in Fusion 360 to play with too. If I can print a plan drawing I will be able to use it as a construction plan for the components. I did have a go at making a construction from a plan, cutting and slightly shaping lengths of extruded pieces rather like making a balsa wood model from a plan drawing. It worked quite well although after cutting the pieces according to the plan I didn't account for shrinkage of the clay so when using the plan with leather hard extruded lengths to make the curving structure the pieces didn't line up well. This will easily be solved by creating a slightly smaller scale drawing that account for shrinkage.

I have also spent  some time mixing some glazes to test this week. I mixed a black slip recipe to coat leatherhard grogged terracotta and then painted this with a crackle slip recipe also onto the leatherhard clay. The two recipes are

Black Slip

  • Ball Clay 100%
  • Red Iron Oxide 13%
  • Manganese Dioxide 10%
  • Cobalt Carbonate 3%

Crackle Slip Cone 1100°C

  • High Alkali Frit 60%
  • Magnesium Carbonate 40%

I have been thinking about the way that my practice is relating to my interests in Heidegger and Being or Dasein, in particular what aspects of Being and Time to focus on as it is a very broad piece of writing covering a lot of ground. As discussed in my formative assessment I am very interested in the aspects of Thrownness but also of our temporal existence and the Authenticity and Inauthenticity Heidegger refers to. I recently read an article online that discusses Heidegger in relation to terminal illness and palliative care, it is an area I need to explore further, I think it will help me trying to focus more on certain aspects of Being and Time. There was a section referring to how humans are ultimately free just before death, this is also an area worth exploring further.

UncategorizedDean Coates