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Using Old And Modern Buildings As An Inspiration For My Final Piece.

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Introduction

´╗┐In the project looking at Time and Change, I decided on looking at architecture. This was because I wanted to look specifically at the erosion of old buildings compared to modern, deconstructive glass buildings. By doing this I could look at the texture that erosion has and replicate this onto and plaster using many methods that I learnt about on the course. I also attempted to replicate the rigid glass and metal of modern buildings, and the reflections in the glass. My final piece comprises, glass, a plaster mould and two clay pieces. With each piece they have originally intended to look similar to the photographs taken, but with my work it has become slightly more abstract as it has developed, which I quite like. With my clay work in the final piece I decided to use this surface to look at the erosion in older buildings. As the specific type of clay I used made the surface very grainy, this meant that when oxides and glazes are applied, it showed the erosion better than plain clay. ...read more.

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I also decided to use oxides and glaze on this piece and put black copper oxide on the section with the reflection and glazed all of it. This, also inadvertently, after being put through the kiln again, made the wire very shiny. If I was to do this piece again, I think I would also try looking at using other coloured wire, such as copper, as I would hope it would come out slightly more red and therefore would give the piece more colour. In my final piece, I chose to include a plaster mould which is rather different from the other pieces, though it is still looking at modern architecture. Specifically it is looking at the sharp, irregular angles that will come from modern architecture, rather than the eroded rough lines of older buildings. I have tried to create this look by using an impression, as with my clay mould. ...read more.

Conclusion

Once this had been put through the kiln all of the edges softened which I liked as it contrasted with the sharpness of the edges in the plaster mould. Next time I would create more of these pieces for many reasons. One of these being because, as I earlier mentioned, I had intended to do a glass slump into the plaster mould using this piece. But this could not be done as I only had one. Also as it is extremely delicate because of the protruding glass from the edges it can easily break, this has happened with another of my sample glass pieces, which have been put in my sketchbook and evaluated. When looking at my overall final piece I believe I have showed many of the techniques I have learnt over this project. I have attempted to look at many different media, although I feel more comfortable using clay, porcelain or plaster rather than glass and wire work. But this may be due to a lack of exposure to these media, so I would like to continue working with them and expanding my ideas. ...read more.

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