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Pam Gould
MA Course Title
Status (F/T or P/T)
January 2017
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Brief explanation/ outline of project
I identified my research question via the Literature and Contextual Review:
'How do I employ the figure, figurine. or fragment thereof, to explore the multiple
narratives of individual identity unfolding over time?'’
Context / Rationale
I’ve been interested in people and portraiture from a very young age. In the first
year of school, while other kids drew limbs growing straight out of heads, I was
drawing and painting people with all the requisite features/body parts, and I was
regularly hoiked round the classrooms by my teacher to show off my artwork. And
whoever removes the wallpaper from my childhood home will find pencil portraits of
many of my friends and neighbours.
Since I discovered clay, when free to choose, I’ve elected to model portraits or make
pieces based on the body. I wish I could provide an insightful reason why, but I just
seemed to be hard wired to do it.
My interest in self and personal identity has developed over the past 20 years,
initiated by caring first for my father, then my mother, who both had dementia.
Changes I observed as the disease progressed convinced me that the received
popular knowledge about self was wrong. I was pleased to discover, while
researching the Literature and Contextual Review, that contemporary psychological
and sociological theories about self and identity are very much in accord with my
own conclusions. I’m looking forward to investigating further.
I want to develop this interest in portrait sculpture and ‘self’ or individual identity into
my ceramic practice. Through the Literature and Contextual review, I've discovered
that there are diverse opportunities to do so. But, I need to investigate these
opportunities and decide which will be the most appropriate for my research based
Intended outcomes of projecttended outcomes of project
Stage 1 – January to end February 2017
By the end of stage 1 I will:
have a more defined concept of the 'gap' my ceramic practice will fill.
know how I will develop my ceramic practice and the key areas for further research.
be able to demonstrate best practice in reflective learning.
be able to produce a good reflective blog.
be able to demonstrate best practice in practice based research methodologies.
be able to demonstrate good practical skills in coiling, modelling and slab building
portraits, figures and figurines.
7. be able to demonstrate good knowledge of structural and surface anatomy,
8. have gained a little practical knowledge of firing and surface finishes.
Stage 2 – March to May Assessment
By the end of stage 2 I will:
9. have started to develop my practice, eliminated some areas of research, and identified
other areas I want to explore.
10.have tested clay bodies and have identified those I want to use.
11.have tested surface finishes and know more about those I want to use.
12.continue to refine my skills in reflective learning and practice methodologies.
13.continue to research literature and context relevant to my practice.
14. be able to discuss the key concepts of sociological and psychological theories of self
and identity.
15. know the dates, venues and costs of craft/ceramics fairs, exhibitions and competitions
I may wish to enter.
16. have created some finished work.
Key areas of Research / Key Activities
In order to achieve my Stage 1 outcomes, I will:
Re Concept and Theory (Outcomes 1,2,)
 conduct another literature and contextual review into my research question.
Status: Begun research into Narrative styles and representing time in visual arts, done more
extensive research into figurines - both historical and contemporary, and the figure in ceramics.
Re Reflective Learning and Blog (Outcomes 3,4)
 research reflective practice - Open Learn MOOC and associated reading lists.
Completed the OU Open Learn MOOC. Will reassess once my blog is active.
 Lynda Wordpress tutorials for my blog
I’m working through the tutorials, and started creating my website and blog.
I aim to have my blog up to date by the end of stage 1.
Re Methodology and Praxis (Outcomes 5.6.8)
 read the UCLan study information regarding Practice Based Research and
investigate the usefulness of Epigeum Research Methods in the Arts module.
 practice hollow built figures using a combination of wet slab, coiling and modelling
 investigate the best way to make hollow/hollowed figurines.
 investigate constructing heads without armature.
 conduct some firing tests for modelled, coiled and slab built
 conduct initial oxide, stain, slip and/or glaze tests.
Re Supportive Knowledge and Skills (Outcome 6)
 revise structural and surface anatomy.
 practice portrait and figure drawing.
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