RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #2

25 02 2011

First year, second semester, Silversmithing, project #2: ‘*Colander / Strainer / Sieve

This is one of the few pieces that I’ve made that isn’t with me … I gave it to my mum and dad as a gift.

The remit of the project was to “design and make a functional or non-functional object that will allow liquid to pass through whilst withholding another matter“.

I did a lot of reading of the Japanese tea ceremony for this project – it did help that the Japanese culture has always been fascinating for me, especially their beautiful textiles. I sketched a number of ideas and after a few days briefly sketched the three layers of a traditional temple; and as it was such a simple line drawing, my imagination saw something else that ended up with the idea of three nesting pieces for a tea strainer.

from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

In creating the piercing that would create the function of a strainer I found the design in the flowers of a cheery blossom tree.

working out the saw piercing; from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

The silver pieces were raised from copper, saw-pierced and plated; the green pieces are aluminium discs that were formed in a flypress, drilled and anodised a beautiful jade green.

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #1


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3 03 2011
Barbara

These pieces have pride of place on a hall table in our entrance.

Barbara. (Mum)

3 03 2011
Karen

Aw, thanks Mum!




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