Technician Demonstrator Making: Mixed Media
t: 02920 205620
I am responsible for looking after the Maker Workshop, we can be found on the Second Floor.
Mostly responsible to Artist Designer Maker but supporting an always growing list of other Disciplines. Students of other courses are always welcome whether for a chat or if relevant, an induction to something that might broaden or further their work, I give inductions, Demonstrations on all of the techniques below, and some more I haven’t mentioned.
Fusing slumping, casting glass, making silicone moulds, Casting of Pewter, Enamelling, Wire Techniques whether using mild steel and spot welders or Craft wire and with time, I have learnt how to silver solder, so no I can promote craft to Jewellery. Casting of small-Scale resins, used in art, Design and Jewellery.
Also using wax as a Vehicle to cast glass and Bronze, and or to further a Modelling process, I also show people how to leaf gold, silver, and also support the maquette making that goes on showing techniques, using Card Paper plastic, glues and other media.
City and Guilds in Painting Decorating, Distinction in Practice
I came to Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) (then South Glamorgan institute for Higher Education) in 1989 to complete a City and Guilds course in Decorating, I was twenty-eight then a mature student as it were, within six months of being on the course I was asked to join the Decorating team, as their technician and was allowed to continue my studies part time. I came away with a First in Theory and a Distinction in Practice and loved every minute of it. Prior to that I had been a Coachbuilders apprentice on and off over a six-year period working for a brilliant man who had learnt his trade as an Apprentice at the Bristol car company. The job entailed us stripping all manner of classic cars for refurbishment making hoods, seats, door panels, making and veneering dashboards, in fact renewing everything in it. This is where I believe I got my love of making, learning new techniques and generally loving process. In 1995 I was attached to the Foundation course in Art and Design. Here I was lucky enough to work alongside a brilliant academic who was a Designer Maker. He led the 3D side of foundation, where I was shown a whole host of new and fascinating techniques (some downright dangerous, Cast-Iron Pouring- But that’s another story!). Whilst at Llandaff our workshops started catering to the needs of Textiles (then Print and Pattern Design). In about 2003/4 Foundation moved to the Howard Gardens Campus and I remained to expand and support the new flourishing makers side, bringing onboard my already gained skills whilst still learning new ones. I have been lucky enough to work alongside some of the kindest and most knowledgeable people and teams who were willing to pass on their knowledge to me, and in turn now I’m passing it on to the students.