Field Artist – Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson is a Ceramics artist I took inspiration from for my first field project. For this field project my group wanted to create a sculpture that had natural curves a lot like the pieces above which are only a few of the many pots that Anderson creates. Our original inspiration for this project were trees and nature. This idea came from the shapes and patterns we created using objects to create silhouettes against white paper which we then traced. What I like about Andersons work is curved shapes cure uses to create her natural form pots. We decide to use this technique to create our ceramics piece as I think it is quite a natural curved shape and also represents the shape of some of the older curved trees I have seen since being in Cardiff.

Another aspect of Anderson work that I really enjoy are the colourful glazes she uses on her pots. For our own ceramics piece we will not be using bright, fleresent greens like her but the textured effects the glaze leaves gives a very interesting effect. When I look st the pots and the textures and colour changes on the outsides remind me off what dripping tree sap looks like when its running out of the tree and down its trunk. This effect I think really ties together the piece and doesn’t just make it about the shapes but also draws you in with colour and textures.







Screen Printing

A technique that I have recently learnt that I’m very excited to use for Outside/Inside is Screen Printing. This week I have spent a few hours in the Screen Printing studio taking part in a field project called Light is Colour. During this time I have learnt quite a bit about making and cleaning off your own silk screens and also how to screen print. During my A-Levels I learnt a little bit about screen printing in Textiles but I used Silk screens pre made with designs and not my own. I am very excited to be able to work in facilities where I am able to create my own Silk screen and will be taking full advantage of this.

As I am working on quite a small scale for Outside/Inside; my designs I am hoping will be able to include layering with screen printing. In my Pinterest board (linked below) I have saved a variety of screen prints made by other artists who use screen printing with a layering technique. I really like the way this looks and the clash of colours on some pieces makes the prints look very effective. My screen prints I think may be on playing card size or may be even in match stick box fold out books.

Field Collaborative Lab 1: Silhouetted Still Lives


For the first week of our Collabarative Field Projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Silhouetted Still Lives. What this consisted of was looking at the effect of light, shadow and shade on a three-dimensional form. What we did each did was collect a range of objects we thought would be be good for either creating shadows or objects that would create an ingesting effect with light passing through. We arranged our objects and used a projector to project light through the objects and then drew the shadows a and shapes on a sheet of paper. After doing this a few times we then all drew shapes from what we could see from the shadow tracings which are shown above.

Using all of our drawings we then used cardboard, plastic, netting and other materials to create a three-dimensional collage of shape and textures which would help us with making our machete. Then using clay we experimented with creating different textures and cut outs which we wanted to use for our final outcome. I used a pencil end to create a tree bark effect and also to draw curves and lives to the clay like the shadowed had projectsed. Another technique I used was a curved cutting technique in the clay to cut out sections. This was we could use a projector again or any light source to project through the holes on our clay piece to create shadows.


Above is a photo of our final outcome. We decide to go for a hourglasses tree shape and use cutters to create mark making around the sides and to also cut out shapes. We also used curves of clay to create these leave like shapes around the base of our piece as this kind of shape was what we all saw in our shadow tracings.

Over all I am very pleased with the final outcome of our Still live as it shows clearly what we saw as a group in the silhouettes and shadow tracings.

Development on Thoughts


Above is a collection of images I have taken on some of the experimental pieces I have been doing for my Outside/Inside project. I have been basing this project around thoughts and have been documenting my thoughts on pieces of cartaliage paper. The reason I have thought to do this for my Outside/Inside project is because I was thinking of taking things that are Inside and displaying them on the outside. I thought that using my thoughts and also my feelings would be quite a good idea as your own personal thoughts are only shown when you either I say them or write them down. I thought that by displaying my thoughts would be quite a different take on the Outside/Inside theme.

Whilest experimenting with this I over lapped my writing to see what kind of effect it would have and I really liked the outcome of this. Doing this has given the text a layered and textured effect that I think looks very interesting. Whilst I was doing this I found that writing down everything I was thinking and feeling to be quite therapeutic and I felt as if I had unloaded everything I was feeling out onto my sheet of paper and it was quite a cleansing feeling. This idea could link to my past research on art therapy.


Artist Trading Cards


For my Outside/Inside project I wanted to look at how I can present small scale pieces in some sort of collection or little fold out book. Whilst looking up how to do this I came across a group of people who made these small collage pieces the size of playing cards called Artist Trading Cards or ATC’s. What really intrigued me about these small pieces where that each artist made a card based around the theme that they were given as a group, signed and dates the back and then traded the card with another artist. I really like the idea of this and also the outcomes that they all came out with were very beautiful to look at. Each card they made were different but a like at the same time weather they used earthy colours or bright luminous colours each one had its own character.

Above is a collection of a few ATC’s I have created after looking into this idea. What I did was buy a pack of playing cards from Tesco to work on top of and collaged old photos from my childhood on top. I then started to paint and use different techniques that I would normally use when Art Journaling to create patterns and layered effects on top of the cards.

Two books that really helped me with this were 1000 Journal Pages and 1000 Artist Trading Cards by Patricia Bolton who is Editor-in-chief of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine. I came across the 1000 Journal Pages book which was in the Art Library at Cardiff Met Llandaff campus and found it quite inspiring to look at the work of other artists who have a passion for Art Journaling. This then lead to me reading through the 1000 ATC’s book which includes ways of creating ATC’s and also a selection of cards by other artists.

I really enjoyed working on a small scale like this as I was able to make quite a few cards (just over 30) but also be able to make each card detailed and interesting to look at. After creating these ATC’s I think I will continue to create these and present them as a collection. I could also develop this by creating my own boxes for them to sit in and maybe also look at creating my own themes for each box of cards whether it’s themed by month, emotion, event .etc.

Cy Twombly


Cy Twombly was an American Painter, Sculptor and Photographer. His work is mostly made large scale and uses a variety of different colours. Twombly’ work has quite a care free look to it, he uses a mixture of techniques like calligraphy and freely-scribbled movements on his work to give it quite a graffitied look. He also uses dripping effects in some pieces of his work. What I quite like about some of his work is how some of the patterns are layered on top of each other, quite like the writing pieces I have been making of my thoughts. I think that this layered effect gives his pieces more detail in some areas and gives his pieces quite an unusual look.


Twombly’ photography also has quite a simple yet elegant look to it. He uses a Polaroid camera to capture his subjects which are usually flowers, objects and interiors. Looking at Twombly’ photography, you are able to tell straight away that it was taken from an instant camera not only because of the white border but also the filtered look Polaroid film gives the photographs. With my Polaroid camera I have taken a few photos of friends and my nan and they both have the aged look to them that Twombly’ photography also has. What I really like about this kind of photography is that it is not edited and I think you can really see what the photographer was seeing at that point in time.


Sigmar Polke

Untitled (Triptych) 2002 by Sigmar Polke 1941-2010

Sigmar Polke is a German painter and experimental artist. With his artwork, he uses a broad range of media to create layered and textural effects in quitenan interesting way. What I really enjoy about his work in particular is the mark making and printing he does on top of his work. This technique also adds to the layered effect his work has and gives it a more textural depth. This technique is something that I would really like to use for my own pieces as I find it makes the pieces look less flat and gives it a more three-dimensional effect. Another way you could do this with layering, is experimenting with different medias by mixing paint with chemicals like bleach to create different effects that Polke does in a few of his pieces. In particular, this method works well with watercolour paints as it creates a bleached out effect where the chemical has been added on parts of the paint. His choice of colour for his pieces is also something I like as it makes his work aesthetically pleasing.

I would like to use Polke’s techniques to develop my own work by using different medias as he does to create effects on my pieces. I could do this by using bleach with watercolour, different textural medias to layer up like fabrics, crackle paint .etc. And also by using ink to create different kinds of mark making instead of just using stamps.