This has been by far the busiest week since starting the ABF programme, with the fellowship review on Thursday, the CVAN takeover Monday – Saturday and lectures to the third year students…it has been non-stop! It was great to put the sculptures and paintings into a gallery setting and give the work space to be observed individually. The experience made me aware of how the ‘multiplicity’ aesthetic is incredibly poignant to my work as I felt due to the vastness of the space, there was an unwelcoming spareness within the installation set-up. It also really told a story of both how myself and Grace have developed over the last 6 months! For myself I feel I have really developed my ceramic process, skills and glaze knowledge, I hope the next 6 months brings lots more development!
The lecture to the third years went well! It felt quite strange talking about my own practice for half an hour, I had the worlds driest mouth by the end of it! We had a lot of positive feedback though and I will be giving the same lecture to the first years next week!
I was invited to take over CVAN’s Instagram this week. It was a great experience and enabled me to tap into a whole new audience for feedback and created the opportunity to connect with artists within my own region! If you haven’t already, head over and have a look at the wide variety of other talented artists which all have such varying practices.
The entirety of this week was spent glazing the first sculpture. Such a lengthy task and incredibly time consuming. I am hoping the outcome will reflect the time gone in to it and achieve all the qualities I have spent the past 6 months developing!
The joyful vase range are out of the kiln and I am really happy with the colour schemes and finishes. It always difficult with glazing to envisage the colours when painting as they are so vastly different. I have found by digitally creating colour schemes it creates a clearer image. However, the glaze always responds differently due to the underlying colour, so it never turns out exactly the same!
Visual Impact, Manufacturing Technology Centre
The Manufacturing Technology Centre had an exhibition again this year. This is the fourth year exhibiting there! It was great to be back (as that is where I did my placement year) and see all the great artwork being exhibited!
The majority of this week has been spent preparing for the Milton Keynes exhibition. Due to this year being the first year of the fellowship, we have been struggling to get a license for Photoshop. However, this has been a blessing in disguise because I have found a free software called Gimp which has basic tools to edit images. Although the software is more long winded and quite difficult to get used to, it saves the cost of purchasing a license in the following year after the fellowship.
I decided to design and create a poster to promote the exhibition. I also created a small leaflet to go alongside the exhibition. This had some drawing and colouring exercises in there for the patients, staff and visitors, with information about the artist and purchasing artwork. I included drawing exercises as a tool to provide a moment of distraction away from problems and to promote the importance of mindfulness which can be achieved through drawing.
The prints themselves were printed at a family printing company, I try to source my materials locally to support smaller businesses. I was really happy with the product, they had a highly professional finish! The prints are now available to purchase through my website: https://emilyhett.co.uk/shop/limited-edition-prints/