To teach or not to teach…

So I have done the degree bit I now can call myself Sophie Walker BA Hons.
Not that I will.

I went up and collected my certificate and can now go onto doing what I have put myself through all this hard work for! Teaching!

I have always wanted to teach Art at secondary school and so I am starting my teaching course in September, and I am very excited about it too!

Once I have started I can report back here and reflect on how I teach, and what I teach, and how I can be the best teacher to inspire my students to want to do art, and show them how to do all of the fun stuff I have done over the past years!


After intense thought and research

So after looking through mega amounts of exhibitions to see how ceramics and sculpture and objects are displayed and even looking at how museums display artefacts and collection I have decided that each cup has its individual ‘niceness’

I would like each stage of my making to be presented to the audience on an individual shelf.


If each object has its own shelf and they are displayed across a long wall then it will be like a timeline of the making of the cups and a timeline of how the last object became perfection although they are all perfectly made so they are all a perfect part of my collection.


Displaying a work where and how?!

It has been discussed I will take up a space in The New School House Gallery, which is a beautiful ceramic art based gallery in York, North Yorkshire. I have a good sized space but without knowing exactly what the work should look like once complete It’s difficult to decide whether it will work well there or not.

The issue now is HOW?!

Possibly displayed in a cabinet quite similar to the way Marcel Broodthaers has exhibited his works previously ‘squished in together’ like below.

Naming ceremony

To ensure a piece is given a context to be received well by the audience a title is always a good idea to have attached to the piece.

A lot of debate and exhausting every option checking connotations won’t clash I found the ‘perfect’ title!!

After trying and trying to produce a resin cup and saucer that is perfect enough to be added to a collection of perfect items I have decided on ‘Striving For Perfection’

As I have strived to create that one piece.

Alongside the title an artist statement is to be shown

Step By Step.

For a previous piece I made some teacups and saucers from everyday tangible materials such as cello tape, masking tape, cling film, regular household gloss paint and a sharpie marker pen.

Step 1

Choose the object or shape that you would like to recreate.

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Step 2

Cover the whole object in cling film very tightly and into each nook. The closer and tighter the cling film the better the final outcome will be.

Step 3

Cover the cling filmed object with strips of cello tape. Keep the tape close and tight around all the areas of the objects especially with unusual shaped things like the cup I have done.

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Step 4.

Find an even area of the object to very carefully slice through the tape and cling film with a craft knife.

Take off the pieces from the object inside so you have two free standing hollow pieces like below.

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Step 5.  

Use small strips of cello tape to join these hollow pieces back together.

Step 6.

The new object can now be decorated however you want.

'Untitled Collection' Mixed media piece created using cling film cello tape and gloss paint