On Monday of the first week we all were given to solve the same problem, which was named 'Explore the breath of Ceramics in 2012' We were divided into smaller groups, our group had four members: Jessie, Mary, Ciara and me, Zuzana. The first day we had brainstorming trying to solve the basic problem of defying terms 'pot', 'vessel' and 'object' in ceramics. Though we did not establish what these terms exactly mean, we had a good fun when brainstorming.
After the 'brainstorming' we determined the main areas that we had to explore and assigned different tasks for each member of our group:
Then I made a chart which demonstrated the three main ears of contemporary ceramics:
Jessie made research on a history of ceramics:
I made research on ceramics in different cultures. I focused on contemporary practice with reference to the history and how they differ from each other:
Then Jessie made a very interesting research on practice of contemporary artist and focused on similarities between their artwork and some other work made in past.
She explores similarities between Chinese Terracotta Army and Anthony Gormley...
... antic Greek vases and Grayson Perry, traditional chinese pots and Ai Weiwei:
Claire Curneen and the reference to Renaissance paintings...
Mary had a look at contemporary artists and their personal approach at their practice:
The last day of the first week we demonstrated our research with a 20 minutes long presentation with panels showing sheets that each of us made for our own smaller projects:
We have found this week very interesting and all of us were quite amazed how much can one learn just in few days.