Kate Breaks

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice - Farnham

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As foundation student, I wanted to use the year as an opportunity to learn and try materials I never had before; which lead me to fall in love with the crafts; particularly ceramics. My Final Major Project “No point crying over spilt milk” began as a journey of rediscovering motifs and memories from my childhood ‘childhood’, by revisiting places or significance and sorting through old ephemera (I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder) and ended with me literally deciding there is no point crying over spilt milk after a pretty big kiln explosion. This left me with fragments of my memories and that lasting notion that growing up and leaving ‘childhood’ isn’t actually all smooth sailing. Anyways as you can see my little cows survived and they were my pride and joy on this vessel; six of them to represent the fibreglass cows that stood atop a dairy near my town, and  seeing the ‘Cows on the Castle’ meant we were almost home <3. I have included other accompanying test pieces, trying out different clays, glazes and building techniques; where I could both include a sense of the craft I have been learning as well as more illustrative techniques. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride, but I am so happy to have encountered so many issues and mistakes; whilst I didn’t wish for my piece to break I am glad it did, the biggest curve balls are the ones you learn the most from! I am excited to begin a Ceramics BA at Cardiff Metropolitan next year but have loved my time at UCA; I hope you enjoy my piece as much as I did making it!! <3

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kate breaks | Pre-degree & Foundation Studies 2
'"there's no point crying over spilt milk". Details of the largest fragment, hand coiled stoneware painted with underglaze, featuring "cows on the castle".
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my sketchbook pages which accompanied my online journal <3 I used these to record primary and secondary sources I came across, particularly with observational drawing of objects of power.
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birds eye view of 'there's no point crying over spilt milk' Coiled stoneware and painted with underglaze.
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surviving glazed fragments
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'Cow on the Calyx', hand coiled terracotta dipped in a white Tin earthenware glaze.
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"do you trust me, do you trust yourself?" Hand coiled and painted sweetie jar, looking a common motifs of nostalgia and the notion of trust mine and my sisters sweet jars held.
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other test pieces, slab built porcelain, slip cast milk bottles from one found in my garden, and a recreation of my dollhouse stairs; but with a willow china pattern twist.