i have thought about my agenda for working and have settled upon this – my work needs to have a function or effect – to clarify the function or effect need not always be its central role but still has to be present .
since the last post i have been to the metal workshop where i was intrigued by rolling metal until the point it started to flake apart . building on my glass blown bottle train of thought from last post i attempted to use soldering and twisting to create a cylinder that could become the neck of a bottle. during the soldering i found that when copper is quenched but not added to the pickle bath it left an interesting array of colours because of the coppers reaction with the solder . instead of buying new materials for these tests i chose to use pieces from the scrap bin , I found this process interesting in itself – odd shapes and cut marks that became part of the process while constructing tests , it posed an intuiting challenge .
in the ceramic workshop had the chance to experiment with a range different clays and was surprised by how different ones react under the same manipulation . carrying over the bottle theme I used a of wooden dole and built the clay around it to make a cylinder that could be the neck of a bottle
I had a strike of inspiration and used the laser cutter to create two bottles , one from vertical slices and one from horizontal slices to mimic the blown glass bottles this became the basis for my next set of ideas that were recreating the blown glass bottle shape of a long neck and rounded body in all the workshops I had been to .
I did research into glass bottles and jars attempting to identify the key elements that are important for a bottle or jar . the first question was why is glass used for these objects and not another material ?, the answer seemed fairly obvious – glass is used because of its transparency allowing a person to see the contents . this put an interesting twist to my plans because it meant to be an effective bottle glass needed to be involved to let the contents be shown . the second question was how important is a label ? this was a little harder to answer – in the commercial market the label is everything , eye-catching , informative and even instructive – on a personal level a label is less important ( if its even needed at all ) because the user will know the contents . i settled on the latte option as all these bottles would be one offs .
I have enjoyed this project as it has allowed me to get familiar with all the workshops and helped me feel more relaxed in the working environment. over the past week I have noticed a measurable improvement in my skills that i hope to keep building on in the future .