Research Skills.

Currently are college class is working on a unit of work called Research skills for are tutor Mike. The first task in the unit was to write down tools and methods we need when doing research

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We discussed as a class what different kind of tools for example local library, Books. And then as a class we discussed methods and there are two types of research method quantitative which focuses more on numbers , for an example surveys and questioners. Whilst qualitative is more focused on the standard of research. Also as a class we discussed about Primary and Secondary research and what is the meaning of them.

  • Primary research is more face to face and find the source yourself for example going to a gallery and talking to the artists like the Ruthin Craft Centre which i have done a recent blog post about.
  • Secondary research – getting information from somebody else for example getting information from the internet or a book.

The last thing we discussed as a class was what was known to be recognised source and what was considered unrecognised .

Task breakdown and unrecognised and recognised source.
Sketchbook page


After documenting the class discussion we were given a task breakdown of the day. Which were:

  1. Select an art movement
  2. Research art movement/artist from an unrecognised source
  3. Research art movement/artist from a recognised source
  4. Compare two sources

We were then given a hand out of a BBC guidance internet research. And then we were asked to summarise the hand out.

Summary task


Then we were given the rest of the day to complete the task breakdown. The first task breakdown to choose an art movement I decided to go for cubism because after the timeline task I was intrigued by the movement and I had never heard of the movement before I wanted to learn more. For the second task i looked at a couple of bad websites like for an example Wikipedia because the information on the website can be altered by anybody. For my good website source i found the Tate gallery a good website to use because it is updated regularly and the information is provided by experts.



Creative life-Jane Parry Lecture

On Thursday day we where kindly invited to a lecture by Jane Parry at the main college. Jane Parry shared here stories and inspiration that has gotten her to were she is today…


From a young age she visited her first exhibition The scream by Edvard Munch in 1893 this started her fascination with art.


She studied Fine Art at Liverpool 1991- working with simple elements form and on a large scale, experimenting with yeast, Clay, ash, fluid property of clay

I liked seeing what happened to clay after it was affected by time

She than graduated Liverpool university 1992. And than decide to continue her education but in London at The city and guides ceramics learning technical proses of stone, flu and texture of clay fluid in fired forms. Artist she studied Mark Rothkio and Anton Taples. She was given a 3 month placement in Arnolfini Bristol were she was an assistant art admin, moving on to learning typography.

Mark Rothko- Number 14 1960

By 1995 she joined the BBC become a book designer/project manager. Here are some of Jane Parry’s well-known book covers:

  • Steptoe & Stone
  • The Garden lovers guide to Britain

Not only did she create cover for book she also created covers for television shoes:

  •  Ready steady cook
  • 1998 Looking after JoJo.
  • The vicar of Dibley

Looking after Jojo- Robert Carlyle

After many accomplishments she became a lecturer in Art and Design… teaching photography/experimenting with typography. She decided to take a year off college to visit France for artist research keeping a journal documenting everything. This journal had 60,000 words, turning this journal into a book. Jane Parry’s first book: Lessons in impermanence. A link to Jane Parry’s website :

Visiting David & Margaret Frith’s workshop

On Monday 26th November… Whilst being at The Ruthin Craft Centre our college class and I were lucky enough to be able to meet David & Margaret and was kindly invited by David Frith & Margaret Frith to come and see their beautiful workshop. It was a short 20 minute drive from the Craft Centre to the Pottery and Malthouse.


The workshop is placed on the outskirts of the market town of Denbigh , in the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales. It is built on the banks of a river and a bridge has been connected joining the main workshops to the slip house. There were a Clay storage and kiln sheds in the garden… Several wood kilns and a large and small gas kilns for the firing.

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From the moment I walked in I was amazed with how beautiful and incredible big their workshop and home was. Every were you turned you were greeted by stunning pieces of ceramic from the both artist. From each piece you could tell that they love what they do and have a very strong passion for what they do, which I find absolutely incredible and so inspiring…


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David creates large pieces with the potter’s wheel adding his own personal style of hakeme and waxed motifs under a heavy reduction overglazed and combined with the ash surfaces. Margaret works with porcelain making personal pieces decorating them with either a glaze, carving and brushwork.

A trip down to Ruthin Craft Centre

On Monday we travelled down to Ruthin Craft Centre, to gather photographs and to do some observational drawing of the incredible art pieces. At the Craft Centre there were three galleries that were open to view. In the first gallery: Indian threads textile inspiration pieces were displayed, Second gallery displayed Ingrid Murphy-The Language of Clay pieces and lastly gallery number three had about 30+ pieces of David Frith and Margaret Frith’s ceramics work which was also available to buy.

Gallery number one: India Threads-textile inspiration…

As we walked into the  gallery my eyes were automatically drawn to Eleri Mills artwork. Eleri Mills is a welsh artitist.  Her artwork is based of beautiful landscapes in India, Eleri Mills travelled to India her time in India was spent at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi and in Uttarakhan, near the Himalayan foothills. She didn’t take any material with all the pieces were created with materials readily to hand in India, this helped her developed new processes and techniques in making her work. Applying layers onto khadi paper and calico, and using Indian inks, gesso and silken threads, I find each of Eleri’s piece meaningful and also full of vibrancy.

‘I went to India with an open mind. I deliberately left my usual tools and material behind and embraced the raw materials available to me there…’

‘Nothing could have prepared me for sucb a significant artistic and personal journey…’

-Eleri Mills

एलेरी मिल्स

Here is a slideshow of some of my favourite pieces of Eleri Mills is artwork.

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I find each of thees pieces of artwork incredibly beautiful, I love the use of different type of stitches and the mixture of different colour of thread which draws your eye to different parts of the piece…

Julia Griffiths Jones artwork was also displayed in the first gallery. Through out her days in India she drew, sketched they captured moments, places. Whilst in India she visited the legendary Calico Museum in Ahmedabad this lead her to create more sketches each almost jumping of the page.  She turned her drawings to create intriguing pieces of wire work. Also she turned section of her drawings onto swathes of cloth, She dipped papers into dye when in India than she printed her drawings onto tones of indigo, madder red and turmeric yellow. Through out Julia Griffiths Jones work are usually vibrant colours and cultural motifs .

‘I dipped my papers in the indigo dye vat and never looked back’

-Julia Griffiths Jones 

जूलिया ग्रिफिथ्स जोन्स

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Here are some of Julia metal pieces

each pieces was inspired by the culture of India with how the women would keep their sentimental item/items they have been given over the year in a tiffin box…

Here are photographs of a couple other art pieces i enjoyed in gallery number one:

Laura Thomas-After Kachchh. Made with Nylon monofilament and hand-spun kachchh wool
Louise Tucker-Hammered Vessel. Ebonised oak with nails
Rajiben M Vankar- Old songs. Handwoven recycled plastic bags and audio tape with nylon wrap
Champa Siju- Shifting horizon (series of titles.) Handwoven camel wool, sheep wool and Kalak cotton

Rajiben M. Vankar-Life in colour 3. hand-woven recycled plastic bags and biscuit wrappers, salvaged acrylic fibres with nylon wrap

Gallery number two…

In the second gallery the language of clay. It displayed Ingrid Murphy’s work the seen and unseen. the Seen and Unseen is an exhibition that is meant to leaving the audience asking questions, uncovering stories and making connections. Justine Allison and Kate Haywood work was also displayed. For each of the artists primarily use clay. Ingrid combines her ceramics with myriad component parts, many hidden in plain sight , whilst Kate’s ceramics is often partnered with the rich textiles. Justine’s practice bring precious porcelain vessels that captures the light beautifully

I found the second gallery very strange but still extremely interesting, The first think that caught my eye was the Ceramaphone I found it very interesting and i had never seen anything like it before… here a link video of Ceramaphone playing

I was amazed with how the Ceramaphone worked – with the clay pieces.

Here are some of the pieces i found i liked the best.

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Lastly in Gallery number 3 displayed David Frith & Margaret Frith. I found each of the Ceramic pieces absolutely stunning each pieces with their own unique touch to them. The couple have been doing pottery for 55 years. They have exhibited their work all over the world  in countless galleries, Not only do they create stunning ceramic work they also teach courses from their studio in Denbigh to ceramic students . The exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre showcases their work in the year that celebrates their 75th birthday. I find it absolutely inspiring with their dedication to the art.

Here are some of the pieces from the gallery…

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I was drawn to the big plate and the vase the most , I fell in love with the beautiful red pattern on the middle of the plate and the spot effect on the edge of the plate. With each pieces were are able to stay they are made with love and care.  I also sketched the plate and vase as seen below:


Art & Design-Timeline

On Monday’s lesson we were paired up and given two envelopes ,in one envelope it contained art and design movements. And the other one had artist names. We had 45 minutes to find the time period in which the artist/the movements was most popular.

I really enjoyed this task, I found it very interesting learning about the different types of art movements. I didn’t really know how many there different movements there really was. For example i didn’t know there was such movements as Dada.

This is my sketchbook entry of this task

After the time was up…

  • A timeline was placed in the studio ranging from 1847 to present day.
  • We had to place each artist/movement in the right place on the timeline

(This is a sideshow of the timeline and photos of my sketchbook entries)

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IMG_1689For the last task of day we had to produce three pages based on three movements we liked the best:

  • Abstract expressionism
  • Surrealism
  • Fauvism

Here are photos of the class finished pages with all the different movements.


I really enjoyed this task it was fun creating the pages. I used a college prospector to create my Fauvism by ripping pages because most pieces that were created in the 1906 time period used oil paint and acrylic and I found the ripped paper create that oil/acrylic paint effect.











Hello my name is Rebecca and welcome to my new art blog. I’m currently studying art and design level 3 at Park Menai , Bangor, Wales in the United Kingdom. I have a keen interest in textile and illustration and also photography.


I am excited to display all the mixture of media piece, techniques and styles that i have learnt/learning over the next couple of years