This week marks the end of the Home Truths project. For me, this field project has been a great experience and I feel I have learnt so much from it. For me the most enjoyable and valuable experiences have been learning new techniques and getting to experience a completely different area than I have previously worked in. Despite coming from the Potteries, prior to this project, I didn’t have any real ceramics knowledge or experience. Over the past few weeks, I have learnt and tried so many new techniques such as sgraffito, decals, glazing and moulded my own plate.

Although I enjoyed creating my decals and was pleased with the outcome, for me the processes I enjoyed the most and I felt were the strongest were the more hands on ones, especially working with raw clay. Being able to really connect with the material, in this case the clay, adds a whole new dimension to the making process and I felt made me consider the practice of making an object from scratch far more. I will take this consideration into my future work.

Another thing that I hadn’t considered, and am not really used to is the way that the ceramics department functions. As there are so many different processes and steps in order to create a finished object, the process can take much longer as we were relying on other┬ápeople and timings. Although it can be frustrating, it makes the final outcomes feel even more precious. It has made me appreciate the process creating a ceramic object so much more!

This project gave me a taste of working with a completely different material and after Home Truths is finished, I would love to carry on working with ceramics incorporating it into my practice.




I decided for my final decal design to predominantly use solid block colour decals in a paper cut style technique. What I was aiming for was a bold and graphic design which I definitely achieved. In the centre of the plate is a decal I had made from a drawing I did. Being able to have a drawing made into a decal allowed more detail and added an intricacy to the design.



For this I used underglaze powders on to a bisque fired plate which were then sprayed with glaze and fired for a final time. The powders were at times a little tricky to get a smooth even stroke although the effect gives a more painterly feel.

I wanted this plate to offer a moment of reflection, the face representing the people we often disregard. Is it fair to be sat in peace eating a meal whilst there are people suffering and without?