MA project

Learning agreement

Brief explanation/ outline of project

I would like to create figurines from an old Russian folk story called Vasilisa The Beautiful by a method of small series production, while also developing a series of sculptures. I will study various surface techniques designed to expand my use of decoration.  The figurines will be strong in form, surface design and content; using both the ceramics practice modules and the design research modules to inform this work.

 

Context / Rationale

I am inspired by fairy tales, folk stories, fantasy and beyond. Most of my art work remains naive and surrealism styles. My mother’s idealisation of Russian decorative art and culture has been influential throughout my life and I personally find much ofFinland’s traditional art a little mundane. A few years ago upon the discovery of my Russian heritage, while researching my family tree; I grew curious of a Russians folk story called Vasilisa The Beautiful.  I find many interesting characters from this story: the heroine Vasilisa (in some cases she’s called Vasilisa The Wise) The Beautiful: Baba Yaga, the ‘Boney Legs’ witch, who owns a conscious magical house  that runs from danger on giant chicken legs; and a number of other fantastic ancillary characters.

 

Key areas of Research / Key Activities

Ceramic practice: building a library of techniques that will enable me to produce figurines with interesting surface and narrative content.

Experimentation with texture using sgraffito, decals, painting and drawing.

Experimentation with colour using  underglazes, colored glazes, single glaze, in-glaze and enamels.

Experimentation with forming models, mold making, slip casting and coiling/pinching/modelling.

Design Research: looking at other ceramicists who use similar layering techniques, as well as painters and illustrators.

Developing an understanding of the idea of folk art and stories.

 

Intended outcomes of project

I intend to gain more confidence for my work and develop my own creativity and skills as a ceramic artist.

The statuettes and sculptors created atCentral Lancashire, will be the beginning of a long series of commercial production I will continue after graduation. This work will also influence my future projects, as I continue to explore Russian culture and folk stories from around the world.

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