Sarah Kostick

MA Blog

  1. Process Video

    09 Jan 2020
    (Kostick, 2020) Process video of textile formed ceramic vessels Filming & Editing: Megan Piran References Kostick, S. (2020). Ceramic Process. [video] Available at: [Accessed 1 Jan. 2020].

  2. Prep: bringing work back

    03 Jan 2020
    The final stage of the project involved preparing work to bring back. Fortunately I arranged a visit to Manchester just in time for the assessment, so I set about to prepare small scale pieces to bring for assessment in physical form. With a lot of bubble wrap and tiny plastic…

  3. Process Flow

    27 Dec 2019
    Process Flow I created a flow diagram that helps to explain the process of the ceramics: 1. Fabric Type is the selection process of fabrics. I began with the ‘recycled lab fabrics’ from the storage space collected in the textile testing lab. Each material gave a different outcome concerning lots…

  4. Presenting Final Work - Ideas

    20 Dec 2019
    For the presentation of my final collection of work, I focused on the  Below the Surface website as my case study. This online database forensically offers a plethora of objects, as a digital library, cataloging details such a size, shape, year, etc. It felt appropriate to focus on something like…

  5. Wool Workshop

    13 Dec 2019
    The wool workshop was based on the sheep wool we collected from our visit to Hayarkon Park when we saw the goats. Here we learnt how clean and spin the wool into our own yarn. It was very interesting and a lovely way to track a local material, right from…

  6. Presentation - Industrial Design Department - Shenkar

    06 Dec 2019
    I was invited to present to the 3rd year Industrial Design students, since my colleague in CIRTex is a lecturer within the department. This was a good way for me to also self-reflect on my professional practice, and advise students thus far how I have achieved my professional goals.

  7. Process Video - Ideas

    29 Nov 2019
    (Lamb, 2018) (Lamb, 2010) As well as the process flow diagram, I also wanted to make a process video which explains the technique clearly and simply. I think this is a nice way to show behind the scenes and inner workings of the practice. So, to begin with I researched…

  8. Clay Drawings

    22 Nov 2019
    In addition to the pockets, I thought it would be a nice addition to experiment with rubbings, creating clay drawings and recreating the patterns of the textiles. These can then be used for glazes to see how the glazes work with indents and marks. The process was simple rolling and…

  9. CIRTex: Impact Tests

    15 Nov 2019
    We are beginning to test some of the initial concrete samples to check the strength - for this I took at trip to Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, which is in the south of Israel. This was extremely interesting, I got to experience how the strength is tested and what…

  10. Process Sketches & Planning

    08 Nov 2019
    I want to put together a flow diagram that illustrates the process, materials and technique. Beforehand I began some prep and sketches to plan out the ideas and how to present it.

  11. Professional Platforms

    01 Nov 2019
    For the professional platforms, I used my time at CIRTex as the case study for investigation, since it has occupied a large portion of my time and has played a significant role in my MA studies. The project has been unique and inspiring and one that I will continue, after…

  12. Tel Aviv Biennale

    25 Oct 2019
    Back at work, we are beginning to prepare for the Tel Aviv Biennale 2020, held at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. For this I was playing around with sketches for construction ideas, based on the textile reinforced concrete.

  13. Glazing

    18 Oct 2019
    Working with glazes was a much simpler process than expected, but like anything took practice and precision. What I found nice about glazing is that you can be highly experimental with it, and the possibilities are endless. Furthermore, no two samples were the same - you can test something once…

  14. Knitted Wire Pockets

    11 Oct 2019
    As I tested before, different materials through weaving fabrics, I also wanted to combine this idea of constructed fabrics, through knitting with yarn and wire. I wanted again, to see how the 2 fuse together (if at all) and what effects this could achieve. In order not to damage the…

  15. Stitched Wire

    04 Oct 2019
    I began to sample the wires bought to test different stitching techniques - both for sealing the fabrics together and also to test if decorative/embroidery style effects were achievable. I tried stitching with all the wires separately, using the same techniques to compare how each one reacts.

  16. MA Show - MMU

    27 Sep 2019
    Homepage Textile Practice Sarah Kostick Profile Screenshots - (Manchester School of Art, 2019) The MA show at MMU began this week. Although I wasn’t there, I submitted a short blurb and image of interim work and ideas in progress. References Manchester School of Art. (2019). Manchester School of Art MA

  17. Constructing Fabrics to Cast: Woven

    20 Sep 2019
    The above diagram highlights the process for testing fabrics that I have self constructed; in this case woven. I wanted to experiment with the found materials in a more playful way than just using them simply as is. Here I cut up the materials into strips - weaving and bonding…

  18. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

    13 Sep 2019
    ‘You take an object from your pocket and put it down in front of you and you start. You begin to tell a story’ (de Waal, 2014) Magnificent Obsessions is a lovely book I found in the CIRTex library, that explores the personal collections from a variety of artists, that…

  19. Terracotta Slip

    06 Sep 2019
    As well as the earthenware and porcelain, I bought a block of terracotta clay from the Shenkar art supply store, with the idea of working with it to make tiles to test glazing. I discussed this with the technician and he said I could also turn it into a slip…

  20. Porcelain

    30 Aug 2019
    Porcelain Another material I bought during my trip to Minerco was porcelain. I chose to try this because I wanted to explore other ceramic materials and understand their potential. The porcelain has some unique qualities in the sense that it is a high fire material that shrinks up to 15%…

  21. PMC: Precious Metal Clay

    23 Aug 2019
    I also bought a small 7g pack of PMC (precious metal clay) to try as another metal option to combine with the ceramics. The clay is usually used for jewellery, but is not a confined material and has many possibilities. I found a book in the Shenkar library called ‘Working…

  22. Wire

    16 Aug 2019
    When I went back for a tutorial in Manchester, I discussed with my tutor the ideas of combining metal with the ceramics, as a contrasting material. This has the ability to contrast the materials and connotations, looking at metal as both opulent (shiny, glittery, jewellery) and also decaying (rusting and…

  23. Visiting Manchester: Tutorial

    09 Aug 2019
    I visited Manchester in August and used the opportunity to have a tutorial and see what was going in the University, approaching the MA graduate show. The students were busy with putting together the final elements, so it was helpful to see what they were all working towards with some…

  24. Minerco

    02 Aug 2019
    Having bought a couple of glazes from Ulman in Jaffa, I also took a trip to Netanya to a store called Minerco, which has a huge stock of everything relating to ceramics. I chose 2 additional low fire glazes for the earthenware; the first ‘Columbia’ is a beautiful green/blue, which…

  25. Ulman

    26 Jul 2019
    Glazes I wanted to start testing glazes and different glazing techniques as part of the research, attempting to achieve visual and tactile references of the ideas explored relating to wabi-sabi: weathering, ageing, tarnishing, cracking, rusting, etc. To begin with I visited Ulman in Jaffa - a small, unassuming store on…

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