Wednesday, 23 January 2008


Today was quite productive. I made my first ever bowl, it went quite well. It's fairly small, only about 10cm across, but I like it. I also quickly engraved a bird pattern I've been working with on the inside. I think my degree work will definitely be going down the "object" route. I also made a much smaller bowl in very thin metal just to see what it would look like that size, I think I'll be making some tiny ones in very thick silver in the near future.

Meeting with Roger and Teena tomorrow at 10am to discuss all of this, who knows what they will think. I think I just want to be happy so onward I go. No more jewellery for the time being I tell thee.

I also called the spinner about my other plans and he seems to be quite busy but I've to send him drawings of what I want and when for and so on and he'll see what he can do. So that's on track for now.

Hope everyone is well,

Have a good night x

Sunday, 20 January 2008


So... I have a big review on Thursday and I have to have final designs to show to my tutors and have to discuss with them my plans for my degree work, how I plan to make things, materials I'll use, how I plan to display. They want to know everything. Up until this week, that wouldn't have been any great problem... but now... well, now I'm not too sure.

Originally I had intended to make jewellery, my work seemed to be mostly coming out as ideas for pendants, but last week when we went back after the Christmas holiday I suddenly had the urge to make objects.

I still want to make my work in silver but I want to make the things I was designing, like the bird pendants I've posted pictures of before, much larger. I want them to either be vessels or just as decorative objects, or both. I had a quick word with Roger about it and he didn't seems sure, he seemed to be pushing me back down the jewellery route. I also spoke to Teena and she was happy with working big but she was pushing me into different styles of working that I'm not really liking the idea of.

So, my problem is, do I stick to the jewellery that I know they are happier about or go with the big work, propose it, have them unlikley to agree with idea and go for it anyway?


As I said to Iain,

"All I want to do is make big silver balls, what's so hard about that?"

Friday, 18 January 2008

Back to work

Well it was back to class this week, for the final semester of my course...EVER.

It's all very scary and in 3 months we have to have our collection complete and ready for the degree show but I'm sure we'll pull it all together in no time.

Congratulations to Lindsay (who can be found here along with Fe) for winning 2nd place in the Italian competition I mentioned before, very well deserved. Also, well done to those who won bursarys towards their final work.

Clearly just a short note today, but more to follow soon. I've added a couple more links to other blogs out there, have a look if you have some time, lovely things to be found out there if you have a look around.

Have a good weekend!