I needed to break down my designs for the collection and how many there would be. I wanted several of them to be brooches and attempted to work out different mechanisms for them. The one that was most successful was a piece of steel implanted in the clay before it was fired. Each firing was at 1600 degrees. This is supposed to be the melting point of steel, but some how it was not affected and still had enough spring to be functional. So this was the way the brooches would be made.
Once I had solved the brooch mechanisms I went on to design the various pieces in the collection.
These initial sketches have been changed and altered since there inception.
I knew I wanted to have a few sets of brooches…
Man-made: reflecting compartmentalization of loss we do as humans.
Organic: reflecting how we as humans react or internalize loss.
Chatelain: a badge or cluster of vessels reflecting the loss of someone.
Broken pieces: A large vessel would be made and broken into small pieces. Each fragment would be created into a brooch that the viewer would take with them. Each person would have a segment of the loss the large vessel suffered.
The last three pieces would be more sculptural. I decided not to create the installation work in the left hand portion of the sketch.
I changed the form of the bowl that would hold the small vessels inside. I wanted to bowl to be organic in configuration, human if you will. The small man-made vessels are how we tuck and put away our losses. The piece is ment to communicate how we compartmentalize our losses.
These are photos of the forms in progress.
More to come in the next post…