3 October 2019

The National Museum of Cardiff UK. Exploring some of the ceramic collection.

What is inside the National Museum of Cardiff UK?
Recently I had the opportunity to visit this museum and check out some of the ceramic collection. Defiantly a must see if you are a fan of all things ceramics, from sculpture to functional tableware. I spent many days here when I was studying and it is still inspirational. Thank you to Wen-Hsi Harman for helping me to record this video. Hope you enjoy the video.



For further information about this museum please see: https://museum.wales/cardiff/

25 September 2019

Creating an artist book


How do you go about creating an artist book? Many questions and not many questions answered. It is my first time doing this and I have a lot to learn. Luckily there is the internet, Youtube and Podcasts and Dan Lok for self leaning. Hoping to get this dune ready for my solo exhibition Crossing Space at HOURS (1st 21st of November 2019) in Bristol, UK.


I am very grateful for Dan Lok's marketing advice. If you would like to know more about Dan Lok feel free to see his Youtube Chanel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs_6DXZROU29pLvgQdCx4Ww

20 September 2019

2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. Kapolna Gallery Exhibition 5th to the 17th of September 2019

 Artists works exhibitied at the Kapolna Gallery

Tamara van San. Belgium. Red serpent

Simcha Even-Chen. Israel. Folding in Motion 1

Rejka Erika. Hungary. Atmenet

 
Martin Harman. UK

Nema Julia. Hungary. A4

Strohner Marton. Hungary. Collection P. Raw Celadon

Polyak Janos. Hungary. Tajkep I-III. 

Husz Agnes. Hungary./Japan. Harvest I. 

Monori Anita. Hungary. 

Margeaux Claude. USA. Cup

Artists who participated in the residency

Wen-Hsi Harman. UK

Beatrijs van Rheeden. Netherlands.

Chloe Dowds. Ireland

Video taken form the Kapolna Gallery Exhibition 5th to the 17th of September 2019

10 September 2019

2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. Kapolna Gallery Exhibition 5th to the 17th of September 2019

Ceramic sculptures: (Stone effect) the artwork on the left. 3/9/19, H31 x W29 x L26, stoneware, slips, wax, fired once to 1230c. 

(The flies eggs) the artwork on the right displayed on the wall. 3/9/19, H10 x W24 x L24. Stoneware, slips, wax, fired once to 1230c.





The beginning of an end! 

It's very nice seeing the exhibition come together after all of the hard work. It's interesting to see how the sculptures interact with the space they are in. Originally I made three ceramic sculptures and from this the organisers selected two pieces. I am happy that the organisers decided to display my spherical sculpture as I was not sure they would select this but it is good to see that they did and their decision to display it on the wall. 

As I only had a short time to create my work, I did not think I would have the time to create three sculptures. I focused all of my attention in the beginning of the symposium on making two sculptures. I wanted to create something complete to the best of my ability. However when I finished making two sculptures I realised I had the time to create a third one seen on the wall. I decided I would not be so meticulously strict with its creation. Therefore I was more experimental as I was safe in knowing that I already had two finished sculptures.

Thank you to the organisers at International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary for organising the symposium, for inviting me and putting on an immersive thought provoking exhibition.

4 September 2019

2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. Finished results.

Wax on. 3/9/19, H21 x W29 x L26. Stoneware, slips, wax, fired once to 1230c.






Stone effect. 3/9/19, H31 x W29 x L26. Stoneware, slips, wax, fired once to 1230c.







The flies eggs. 3/9/19, H10 x W24 x L24. Stoneware, slips, wax, fired once to 1230c.




Three ceramic sculptures finished.

Before I started this symposium my intention was to challenge myself by being more experemental by creating new forms which then led onto looking at a diffierent approach to applying colour. I realised that looking back at other symposiums and residencies I have taken part in, it has always put me in the position were I am takern out of my comfot-zone. I have to embrace being comfatable with not being comftable. I have to adapt to the new enviroment, new matearls that I have not used before, and usually a short time shedual. It can be intense as expectations are always high to achieve the best results, and with this symposium an exhibition of the final outcomes is required so that puts some more presure on.

The results produced at this symposium have provided me with a lot to think about. The is a subtle quietness and simplicity to these sculptures, the clay and materials seem to reveal themselves in a natural way. As they are unglazed the eye seems to be drawn to the simplicity of the form. The colour seems to enhance the way the form is seen, braking up the forms in a way that is on the surface. The colour is like some kind of packaging to the forms, providing another way to examine the shape and space. 

Looking at this new body of work has got me thinking about new explorations of forms and colour that I could consider for future works. 

25 August 2019

2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. Ceramic sculptures waiting to be fired.

Throwing cones and spheres on the potters wheel.

Joining the shapes together.


Different shapes assembled to create the overall forms.

Applying the coloured slips with a paint-brush.

Burnishing the colour with a metal spoon to create a shiny surface.


The completed forms ready to dry and be fried.

A full-on 10 days of making. Not a lot of time for other things like social media until now. Time has flown by quickly. I think like other events like this the schedule really forces me to work fast. From the start of this symposium I really have not had any time to think much about my actions, I have had to put my mind-set into constant making to meet the schedule deadline. This symposium is on for just over three weeks, so that is just over one-week making, one-week drying and firing, and the remaining days finishing and setting up the exhibition.

I used a white stoneware clay from Hungary to create the forms that were created from wheel-thrown components such as cones and spheres that were cut up and joined together. Coloured slips were applied to the outside, then polished with a spoon.

I am just going to let these two sculptures dry before putting them in the kiln for a single firing to 1230c. Again because of the limited time I am doing a single firing as I do not have the time to do multiple firings like I usually do. The process is quite similar to the making process I used in Germany.

The plan with these two pieces is to display them on their side so that the eye can observe the inside as well as outside of the forms.

14 August 2019

2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. Getting to know the place.

The Studio. I would like to think were ideas become reality.

The arch. Reminds me of forgotten ceramic objects.

The Garden full of ceramic Treasures

The Kilns. In some cultures people pray to the gods to ask for a successful firing, I don't know if that is the case for people in Hungary.

We have finally arrived at 2019 Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 15th August-6th September. 

Just in the process of settling in and getting to know the studio such were myself and my wife will be working, the kilns, accommodation and all the other necessities.

We had a bit of time to go around the city and find some food as we will need to prepare our own. We have not had a lot of time to explore yet but looking on google it seems there is a lot to explore. Feel free to see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kecskemét for more information about the city of Kecskemét.

If you are a artist working with ceramics feel free to check out the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary website at: http://www.icshu.org/ics.html as they offer opportunities for artists to apply for residencies.

31 July 2019

The administration of belief



The administration of belief. 12/7/19. L:40.5 H:40.5 W:3cm. Collage of bar code paper cut-outs, acrylic paint and gloss paint on wood.

The inspiration behind this artwork comes from bar codes and spirituality. I wanted to combine both of these themes together to create a new interpretation. 


For me bar codes represent the administration of our society, from storing/categorising information about products we buy to the paper work we use to manage people. At times this can seem soulless/machine like although I guess it’s intention is to make things more manageable. Overlaying this I have created a space to enter, referencing religious imagery like entering into a spiritual space/ after life. For me how we shape and manage society is based on ideas and belief in them. 


However I would still like to leave room for interpretation, everyone has their own way of seeing and experiencing, and my view may not be other people’s view. I think it is good that everyone has their own view as we can all learn from each other.


For further information about this artwork or to see others like it please see: 
https://www.martinharmanart.com/drawings--paintings.html

Youthful Innocence


Youthful Innocence. 7/7/19. L:40.5 H:40.5 W:3cm. Collage of newspaper cut-outs, acrylic paint and pen on wood.

Through the eyes of a child, through the eyes of an adult. Our perspective of the world around us is vastly different. 

We are constantly satiated with news happening in the world if you chose to let it, often it is not the good kind of news. When were were very young our days were innocent, full of wonder and curiosity, we did not know of all the bad things happening in the world. However it was always there even if we did not know. For this reason I have decided to create an artwork responding to this. Newspaper cut-outs expressing the not so positive aspects of our society contrasted with the image of a toy duck, a toy always remembered, portraying the innocence of youth. 

For further information about this artwork or to see others like it please see: https://www.martinharmanart.com/drawings--paintings.html

Looking thoughtfully for a long time

I enjoyed working with charcoal, there is a subtle softness to it, a sensitivity between the charcoal and paper.


Looking thoughtfully for a long time. 24/7/19. L:60 H:43cm. Charcoal and pen on handmade paper.

This artwork draws upon my interest with the potential for an afterlife. This is in response to my experience of my mother passing away. I had what I could only describe as some kind of visual image occur whilst I was in bed trying to sleep. What I saw was a door or space filled with a white light and a ladder extending into it with what seemed like mist or something cloud like occupying the space close to the light. This visualisation must have lated for 2 or 3 minuets before disappearing.

It is interesting as I did some research on people having near death experiences and it seems as though some people have whitenesed a similar phenomena were they see a white light. I ask my self if this was a dream or something real, either way to this day I still do not know. Although I did not have a near death experience, it is curious to hear of similar experiences. I think there is a lot about this reality I am experiencing that is not fully understood. What really do we know about ourselves in terms of how for example our brain functions and how we decode reality. What do we know about this so called physical reality we exist in? Science may tell us otherwise based on proven facts but how do you measure personal experience as we all have a unique way of seeing the world around us.


For further information about this artwork or to see others like it please see: https://www.martinharmanart.com/drawings--paintings.html

Cloud Space

Before: Finished making the form and colour applied ready for a single firing. I decided to keep the colour simple by just going for black and white to focus on a contrast between the two forms.

Finished sculpture. Title: Cloud Space. Original handmade, one-off, stoneware, stand-alone sculpture including artist signature
​28/7/19, H18 x L31 x W22cm

The inspiration behind this sculpture came from my continued interest in Stonehenge and stone circles in the UK and its link to the sky and clouds. For me clouds symbolise, spirituality, entering another space, contemplation and curiosity with what happens when we die. This all relates back to my personal experience of people close to my life passing away. Importantly though I would like to leave space for the imagination and curiosity. What happens when we die?

For further information about this ceramic sculpture please see: https://www.martinharmanart.com/cloud-space.html

29 May 2019

Bar codes, clouds and a duck. 2D artworks in the making


There is something about bar codes, they are everywhere in todays society to food packaging, product labels and in some ways even people. Bar codes can help to identify whatever it is attached to when scanned by an electronic device, however in a world of purchasing I often ask myself who makes the products that are produced and what is the story behind them. Are the people who make our products confined to a number, a bar code? Were is the human within the machine? Are our consumption of products the new religion? Or is there hope?


I have been continuing to work on this hand made paper drawing that references with clouds. I would like to introduce some kind of effect of light perhaps in some way to give the illusion of light emitting from the centre of the circle. This picture draws upon my interest with the potential for an afterlife. This is in response to my experience of my mother passing away. I had what I could only describe as some kind of visual image occur whilst I was in bed trying to sleep. What I saw was a door or space filled with a white light and a ladder extending into it with what seemed like mist or something cloud like occupying the space close to the light. It is interesting as I did some research on people having near death experiences and it seems as though some people have whitenesed a similar phenomena were they see a white light. I ask my self if this was a dream or something real, either way to this day I still do not know. Although I did not have a near death experience, it is curious to hear of similar experiences. I think there is a lot about this reality I am experiencing that is not fully understood. What really do we know about ourselves in terms of how for example our brain functions and how we decode reality. What do we know about this so called physical reality we exist in?

Before

After

We are constantly satiated with news happening in the world if you chose to let it, often it is not the good kind of news. When were were very young our days were innocent, full of wonder and curiosity, we did not know of all the bad things happening in the world. However it was always there even if we did not know. For this reason I have decided to create an artwork responding to this. Newspaper cut-outs expressing the not so positive aspects of our society contrasted with the image of a rubber duck, a toy always remembered, portraying the innocence of youth.