Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics

Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics


Take my decision and do it because I’ve
never had an experience like it, it’s been absolutely amazing. It’s vibrant, we’re in here creating and helping each other and it’s just a
fantastic place to be in. We get to know each other when we work on… so if
someone’s in trouble with a piece then we’ll hop a grass and we’ll help out
with them as well. I started off wanting to be a Potter, when I came to University that was going to be my thing. I wanted a little studio, a little cottage
in the country and the way the course is it sort of develops you artistically,
it came pretty much apparent that there’s more in there than just wanting to be
a Potter. Making these days as a crafter, an art form, is changing quite
dramatically. There’s a lot of digital processes and digital tools that are
becoming available to makers, but not necessarily enough education in how to
use those tools effectively and creatively. What we’re trying to do on the course is
to blend digital processes with traditional making processes, it’s no
good being able to design anything you want if it’s not actually feasible to
make it, then if you don’t know how to make it or what is possible and what’s
not possible then the the digital manufacture won’t work either. With the community of glass blowers across the world I actually had the opportunity to go to Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, up in Washington State.
That’s funded by the University Futures Fund, just giving me a depth that I can
expand on and just other skills I can learn for the future. We’re very well equipped in this department we’ve got a fantastic hot glass
studio, we also have a fantastic ceramics studio, a Fab Lab which is part of the
the offer here at the University. Which has 3D printers and we have lots of
digital processes, like the water jet cutter that enables us to to work
digitally and it’s a CAD CAM process. The course blends traditional and new
technologies to make it really up to date and keen offer in today’s world.


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