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Ceramic plate designs

 

Jan
27
2016

 

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It’s been a few months since I completed the five weeks MATS A course, and I’ve been meaning to show you my ceramic plate designs. One of the assignments was for “Home Decór”, and during this, we were asked to produce a collection of ceramic plates based on the gorgeous, Staffordshire Pottery.

I wasn’t previously aware of just how wonderful Staffordshire Pottery is, until I saw the instantly recognisable Staffordshire Spaniel dog ornaments. They are so delightful aren’t they? I just love all of the different kinds of characters within the Staffordshire range. They’re so quirky and are rather fun to draw too!  You can see a selection that I’ve collated on Pinterest; I thought it would be useful to put together a Pinterest board, as part of my initial research for the assignment.

From my research of the many types of Staffordshire Pottery, I drew ones that I found the most interesting. Some of the characters had such sweet faces and I liked the overall shapes of some of the ornaments too.

Ceramic plate designs

Initial studies

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Here is a pencil and ink observational drawing. Sometimes I get a feel for the object that I’m drawing, just using lines and minimal shading.

 

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I first drew this as line-art, and then added watercolour to it. Whilst producing drawings, I enjoy having a bit of fun, by experimenting with the composition and with the thickness of lines.

 

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As I draw, I tend to move onto colour, and draw using a paint brush. Here, I was deciding whether or not to incorporate flowers within my Staffordshire characters.

 

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Further drawings using mainly pencil, ink, watercolour and gouache.

 

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This is for a Staffordshire vase. I drew the base with pencil and the flowers & leaves with gouache.

 

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I love this drawing. The calf looks so cute standing next to its protective mother.

 

Design development

After I’ve collated enough research and drawing material, I begin thinking about my plate designs. For this, I researched designs which are currently on the market. Some of my favourite are on Anthropologie. I just love the painted designs and colours. Then, I put together some designs ideas. You’ll see how I’ve progressed from my first idea to my final ceramic plate designs.

 

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This was my first idea, but I wasn’t happy with the choice of colours. I wanted my designs to have a traditional feel, with a contemporary twist. The background colour just wasn’t working for me. For my next idea, I tried a fresher feel.

 

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This is the second idea. The colours are much brighter and fresher, and the layout is more contemporary. However, this design still feels minimal and naked. I felt it was lacking something to pull the icons together, however, I think this design would look great as a side plate.

To help move my designs to the next level, I decided to look for inspiration and came across the works by Anne Smith. Her work has a both a traditional and contemporary feel. I love how she combines all of my favourite design elements too; objects (shapes), contrasting colours, line, texture and text & figures. Her abstract art is simply beautiful!

 

Final ceramic plate designs ‘Staffordshire’

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Overall, with the time we had to create our plate collections, I’m happy with my final designs. At some point in the near future, I want to re-visit this assignment and develop this collection further. I’d like to simplify them, add more bold colours and enlarge the central images.  I hope you like them!

 

Emma Jayne x

 

 

Personalised picture wall

 

Jan
21
2016

 

I’ve recently decorated my bedroom. It’s gone from a dated, 1980’s pink & green floral to a pretty, vintage inspired boudoir! It feels both romantic and cosy. I love it!

The walls are linen white and I have dark wooden bedroom furniture. Well actually, the furniture is the same as before. I didn’t have room in my decorating budget for brand new bedroom units, so I opted to just change the walls, carpet and furnishings. I would have liked to have replaced the existing furniture with new, lighter coloured furniture pieces, but that will just have to wait for a future project.

I decided to decorate one of the walls by creating a personalised picture wall-display. I wanted to design a wall which would resemble an inspiration board, so that on awaking each morning, I would feel instantly inspired. So far, it’s working!

On my personalised picture wall, I’ve scattered two prints, a mirror, jewellery, ceramic stag “beetlefly” & plate and a postcard. There is more or less an equal amount of spacing in between each item, although they are not perfectly aligned.  I find that gives a less clinical feel to the display.

One of the prints is in a beautiful, rose gold frame and the mirror is also rose gold. The other print is attached to the wall with washi tape. I thought the overall effect would look too heavy, were there to be lots of picture frames. I then strategically placed the jewellery, stag beetlefly & plate and postcard around the two centre-pieces. This means that when I find more stunning art, I can simply add these to my personalised picture wall.

 

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Postcard / picture frame / mirror / stag beetlefly / plate / floral print / butterflies

* jewellery and cat print are pieces that I already own.

 

Emma Jayne x