Students have been trying out different clay techniques prior to producing the final pieces of work for their OCR qualification. The Year 11s, who are studying 3D Art and Design have researched the design style of well-known retailers and they have to make products that would blend with the company’s ‘house style.’
The students split their time between Art and Design Technology modules for the qualification, worth the equivalent of two GCSEs. In Design Technology they have been using acrylics, metal and wood to create decorative lamps and sculptures. In the Art phase they have made coil pots and slab tiles from clay to research the best method of make lamp bases and decorative door-knobs.
Year 11 student Rosie Foster created a Japanese garden-inspired tile and made a metal plant sculpture enhanced with copper enamelling while Lauren Smith has created a lamp out of wood, tissue paper and acrylic in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a clay tile that combines brick and natural textures. For her final piece she will create a cushion that corresponds with Laura Ashley’s design ethos.
Teacher Miss Cockroft said: ‘The students need to produce something three-dimensional for an interior, based on their source material. They have been making a simple abstract tile with lots of textures. We will then probably use a white earthenware glaze and then add oxides and other glazes to create accent colours, that will react differently depending on the texture of the clay.’