4 July 2020

Abstract Art - Why Create Art

Abstract Art – Why Create Art In this video I thought it would be interesting to talk about why I create art and what is the point of it. For me, I want to bring something new into the world and provide new experiences. The world can often seem driven on the status quo, what is normal and what is acceptable in which different things have its place or based upon popular culture. I would like to see a better world of new possibilities expressed by human potential. These are some of the reasons Why I Create Art.

27 June 2020

6 Key Meanings of Abstract Art

In this video you will learn about 6 Key meanings about what is abstract art and how this relates to my own art. What is the definition of abstract art? I guess it can mean many different things for different people. I thought it would be interesting to look at information online so I looked at one definition from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstrac...) and one definition from the Tate.org (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms...). From these definitions I pulled out clips of information to compare these statements.

21 June 2020

Abstract Art Painting The Making of Magical

Are you feeling funky! In this video I share the making of my large abstract painting "Magical". After watching acrylic pouring techniques it automatically got me on the hock and I could not resist but give it a go myself. Acrylic pouring is a technique of mixing paint with a medium and then pouring onto a surface. Each result takes on a life of its own. However I wanted to adapt this artistic style to my own language. I pured the paints ontop of newspaper-cutouts. I wanted this painting to represent the society around me and I felt newspaper-cutouts would be ideal for this. I wanted to make this painting in a way in a way I can describe as being a chemical cocktail of sorts with a space in the middle for the eye to enter. Perhaps the resulting artwork is meditative, contemplative and Magical. Medium: Collage of newspaper-cutouts, white gloss paint, acrylic paint and medium on canvas. Dimensions: H80 W80 D3.7cm

13 June 2020

How to Photograph Sculpture

In this video I am going to show you how to photograph sculpture. From experience I have realised how important it is to present sculpture, whether it’s through a website or social media platforms. I realised how useful this is to highlight the key features of the sculpture. Here are the five things you need to photograph your sculpture. 1. The sculpture 2. Space to photograph your work. I like to use a space that has natural lighting coming through a window.  
Gradient background photography paper is also helpful to photograph the sculpture on top of. 3. Lighting. Professional photography lighting. 4. Camera. Digital/Dslr 5. Computer to transfer images onto. This is useful to adjust the image to match the real thing. These are the 5 main things I use to photograph my sculpture. In this video I will show you how to use these 5 key points to photograph your sculpture. I hope this video will help you. If you would like to know were I purchased some of the equipment used in this video please see the links bellow. The photography paper (Varitone Medium Grey to White (1.1 x 1.6m) Vertical Format Vinyl Photography Background) was purchased from https://www.photography-backgrounds.c... (This link is not affiliated) DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I only create links to products I truly enjoy using. This will help to support my channel and allow me to continue to make more videos like this. Thank you for your support! ESDDI 20"X28" Softbox Portable Photography Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Studio Light 20"X28" for Portrait Video and Advertising Shooting https://amzn.to/2UDVUAG (Affiliate) Phot-R 625W (125W) 220V 5500K E27 Socket CFL Spiral Continuous Daylight Balanced Fluorescent Energy Saving Light Bulbs for Professional Photography Photo Video Studio Lighting https://amzn.to/3e7cocc (Affiliate)

What is Abstract Art?

What is Abstract Art? What does it mean for you? In this video I attempt to answer that question from my own perspective to try and shed some light on the subject.  
Let’s start the video with a cup of coffee. I enjoy making a fresh cup of coffee in the morning and serving it in my Bubbleware handmade mug. For me there is no separation between art and life. They both inspire each other. What is abstract art? For me abstract art can cross over into different areas. It can provide new ways of seeing and experiencing. It provides me the freedom to explore and not limit myself. An example of a ceramic abstract artist who got me thinking about abstract art is Ron Nagel. He got me thinking diffidently about it. His ceramic sculptures seem to cross over between sculpture and painting. There is no recognizable image, his work is there for you to create your own imagination about what you are seeing. It makes me create my own interpretation and ways of seeing and experiencing his art. Abstract art for me is about leaving questions for the viewer, this is one of the main reasons why I create abstract art. I enjoy the possibilities of working with clay to make ceramic sculpture. My sculptures are made from shapes thrown on the potter’s wheel. They are cut up and joined together to create these open forms. I then use colour and paten to draw the eye to different parts of the form and break up the space. Glazed and unglazed surfaces are used to reflect and absorb light. Abstract art can remind me of things and experiences seen in the real world, it gets me thinking. I think abstract art is about provoking people’s imagination and providing new ways of seeing and experiencing. That’s why I like working with abstract art as its open for the viewer to make their own decisions, create their own meaning from it, that for me is the power of abstract art. What does abstract art mean for you? How does it make you feel? Are there any abstract artists you admire? It would be interesting to see people’s comments. Feel free to leave a comment bellow. I think it is good we all have our own interpretations. Thank you for watching! Find more information about Ron Nagle at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaNYmg9B6bw

Stone Circles England Inspired Sculptures

What I find fascinating about places like Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles are things like why they were built and how they were built. It is this ultimate mystery that sits in the landscape. When I go to these places I am reminded of the potential humans have. I am left to decide how I want to see and experience them. People are left to bring their own imagination to them. This is a big inspiration for my ceramic sculptures. I wanted to translate my own interpretation of stone circles to my artworks. I want to make artworks that invite curiosity and imagination and new ways of experiencing. These ceramic sculptures are made using simple shape like cones and cylinders that are thrown on the potter’s wheel. They are then cut up and joined together to create these open forms. I then apply colour by spraying it to the surface. I like to build up multiple layers and create line and pattern. The sculptures go through multiple firings then finally a clear glaze is applied. Why do people come to see Avebury Stone Circle? “Lots of history, Something magical about the place” “Everybody is very open here, lots of people from different parts of society” Thank you for watching and thank you for the insight from people who participated in the interviews. Listen to the full interviews at Martin Harman Art on Youtube

20 March 2020

How do I make my ceramic free standing open sculptures

Like most of my ceramic sculptures the making of my free standing open sculptures process starts on the potters wheel. For me the wheel is a tool to help create artistic creations. It can be used to create tableware but it can also be used to create sculpture. There are many possibilities.

I usually throw individual objects on the potters wheel like cylinders, cones and spheres. I use stoneware as it is good for throwing and hand-building. It is strong once fired and assists in depth of colour and glaze.

I then cut up these shapes and join them together, it is all a constructive process of cutting and joining.

Once the desired shape is complete I then use tools to refine the shape such as the edge. When making open sculptures the edge is very important as this defines the shape and the inside and outside space.

I then bisque fire the forms to 1000c to remove the water and harden the clay for the next process. All firings are done in an electric kiln to control the temperature and in most cases the results. Then I will refine them again with sand paper to remove any rough textures. I am looking for clean defined forms.

An example from a previous open sculpture.

Next stage is to spray on a white vitreous slip using the spray gun. As the colour of the clay is bage in colour, white provides a good base coat to work with. In most cases I use the white slip to highlight the rim or to create pattens. Once the white vitreous slip has been applied I then fire the sculpture again to 1100c.

 At this stage I apply masking tape to the form. The aim is to create lines and patten to highlight the form and drew the eye to the inside and outside space. I will usually use different colours to draw the eye to different parts of the form like the inside and outside. Sometimes I use gradients of colour to also help brake up the form. The spray gun is an ideal tool for this as I can achieve these effects and control the application of colour.

Depending on the complexity of the colour applied to the forms I will sometimes do multiple firings up to 1140c. At this stage I am then ready to tape up the form again and apply a clear glaze. The clear glaze is sometimes used on just the outside of the form to reflect the light so that the inside remains unglazed to absorb light. Sometimes both the inside and outside of the forms can be glazed. I like to use glaze to enhance the forms and harness the way light interacts with it. The glazed sculptures then get fired again between 1220-1260c.

Finished Results

Candy. H20 W21 D12

Follow the line. H20 W21 D12

Rising Sun. H20 W21 D11