My interests for a subject matter piqued around a variety of different topics and to get an idea of where my interests primarily lied, I created one (of many) mind maps to get them down. The concept of time and space came from my interest of Voyagers and the concept of being able to use the constellations of the sky to navigate the seas. The idea of combining navigation with time was what piqued my interest the most. Time, structure and navigation are personal to me and that is how I managed to decide on a concept idea for BAMS.
During the summer holidays, I ventured into Cardiff city centre for a day to explore the museum. There was only so much information I could absorb through the internet and wanted to see if there was anything I could find in real life to contextualise my concept.
I found a collection of monetary coins that were going rustic and I thought the rustic nature of the objects made them appear worn, used and dated. The fossil, unfortunately I can’t remember what it is taken from as my phone at the time of this photo with the data stored on it, had a circuit board failure and I lost the notes I made on this. But I loved the detail of this object and how tactile it looked. If it wasn’t in a glass cabinet on display, I definitely would have felt the texture of the object.
From this starting point, I went into the library and took out books on Astronomy, Time, Constellations of the night sky, and Cosmology. From this in-depth information I was fed from the books I read, I started to work into my sketchbook, being very interested in the Constellations. The Great Bear (Ursa Major) was a big starting point for my concept design in BAMS.
This series of investigation into those topics sent me in a new direction during the remainder of the summer holidays. I still had an interest in Voyagers and this is when I discovered the ancient artefact of a Nocturnal Horologium. I immediately became obsessed with its shape and function and from there, I was able to create a visually aesthetically pleasing design.
Upon return into term time, I immediately got to work. I knew I wanted to choose BAMS and I stuck with my decision. I began to do further research, to broaden my horizons and started to create maquettes out of cardboard to get a grasp on sizing that fitted into the palm of my hand. By doing this, it enabled me to further develop my design, concept and ideas. From the cardboard maquettes, I started to take it into clay. I chose clay because it is malleable and is easy to carve into, to mould and model into.
They were then sent down to Ceramics to be fired in the kiln. That was a waiting game and I did lose a good few days of mould-making whilst I waited for my medals to ‘cook’. Once they were out of the kiln, I took them straight into a one-part silicon mould.
Once my silicon moulds were set, I took them into the next phase of the process: wax casting. I’m now able to start working on my wax trees tomorrow afternoon with Dallas to be ready for the coating of Melochite stage.