Thomas Hancock (L4)BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts
My inspiration is drawn from the human interaction with material and tool during the making process. I am drawn to traditional hand tools and processes, and objects which speak to our primitive self. I hope to communicate the importance of creating with our hands, and the connection between maker, material and tool.
Whether created from traditional or contemporary materials, using heritage or modern techniques, I aspire to produce outcomes which are of a high-quality finish, yet possess almost primitive made characteristics that highlight my interaction with the material as the maker. I hope that my future career as a designer maker simply enables me to learn new skills, hone existing skills and continue creating.
The Jesmonite vessels are an exploration of process, and the fusion of traditional ceramic techniques with contemporary materials. They were created using 3D design and print technology to create the master, and followed a traditional slip casting process, substituting slip for Jesmonite. The use of silicone enabled a single piece mould, as opposed to a multiple piece plaster mould. Multiple pours of contrasting coloured Jesmonite were built up in layers. Areas of the vessel were then sanded back by hand to reveal the layers below. The texture created by the 3D printing process was retained in order to communicate its journey.