Ffion Alaw

...Ffion Alaw Jones, 22, Anglesey... .....
Studying Applied Arts- Metalwork and Jewellery at University..... .....Likes -Working With Textiles and Metal, Reading Home Decor Magazines, Traveling, Photography, Films, Socialising & Sunny Days.....
Still a work in progress - My hand raised textured copper bowls - Experimenting with folds and the texture that folding leaves on metal.

Still a work in progress - My hand raised textured copper bowls - Experimenting with folds and the texture that folding leaves on metal.

…Design Research…

Adi Toch

Adi Toch creates her handmade pieces using traditional silversmithing techniques. The choice of shapes that she has produced for each vessel are bold and exciting. I love how segments have been cut out of some of the pieces and how clean and precise every surface and line is.

…Design Research…

Carolyn Stephenson

Carolyn Stephenson uses techniques such as repousse , chasing and anticlastic raising to create her silver and copper ware pieces.
I especially like her raised silver tumblers as I really like the contrast between the silver and 18ct gold gilt. I also really like how smooth the surfaces of these tumblers are which i think has been produced by planishing the surface of the metal. I think that these tumblers work really well because instead of adding texture and colour to them she has just added the one. 

…Design Research…

Carolyn Stephenson

Carolyn Stephenson uses techniques such as repousse , chasing and anticlastic raising to create her silver and copper ware pieces.

I especially like her raised silver tumblers as I really like the contrast between the silver and 18ct gold gilt. I also really like how smooth the surfaces of these tumblers are which i think has been produced by planishing the surface of the metal. I think that these tumblers work really well because instead of adding texture and colour to them she has just added the one. 

Negotiated Studies Module

Through a series of short projects I will produce a variety of experiments  each focusing on a different copper forming technique. Some of the techniques which I hope to use are raising, fly pressing, repousse and acid etching. The end results will be a combination of some of the forming and texturing techniques which I have learnt. 

…Final Piece…
Jesmonite Rings

…Final Piece…

Jesmonite Rings

Inspiration

Whilst gathering my initial research I was struck by the visual contrast between polished metals such as copper and brass and the matt surface of concrete. I want to incorporate this aesthetic into my piece in a delicate way which emphasises the symmetry of the piece of Jewellery.

…Design Research…

Claire Ferreira

I love how Jesmonite has been used in Claire Ferreira’s work. The Jesmonite has been poured inside a wooden base which is the structure of the shelf. The Jesmonite comes out through the slots which have been made in the wood to form a smooth surface. Poured in at different times the Jesmonite forms a unique pattern.

…Test Pieces…

Colour


To make these test pieces I  poured a light shade of the Jesmonite into the mould first and left it to set a little then poured a darker shade on top of it. For the first two test pieces I didn’t leave the Jesmonite to set enough before pouring the next layer on top of it. Because of that the colours have run a little into each other. Even though this mistake is rather effective Id rather the third and fourth test pieces for the work that I am producing for this project.

…Test Pieces…
Colour
To make these test pieces I mixed up a small amount of the Jesmonite liquid and powder in a cup. To make the lighter shade I added a tiny amount of the black pigment and poured into a mould. To make the slightly darker shade I added a little more of the pigment to the Jesmonite and poured into another mould. I carried on with this process until I reached the darker shade.
I was surprised at how much pigment needed to be added to create a black piece as the other pigments in the workshop only need a tiny amount to colour the Jesmonite.

Test Pieces…

Colour

To make these test pieces I mixed up a small amount of the Jesmonite liquid and powder in a cup. To make the lighter shade I added a tiny amount of the black pigment and poured into a mould. To make the slightly darker shade I added a little more of the pigment to the Jesmonite and poured into another mould. I carried on with this process until I reached the darker shade.

I was surprised at how much pigment needed to be added to create a black piece as the other pigments in the workshop only need a tiny amount to colour the Jesmonite.