With only two weeks left in my first year at the Royal College of Art, my classmate Lauren and I decided to enter into the Franz Porcelain competition and close out the summer term with a frenzy of model-making, mould-making, and slip-casting. Our tutors were simultaneously surprised and, I think, amused as they watched us work like crazy while the rest of the studio was winding down. It's a design competition, so really, we could have just digitally rendered our idea...but no, we wanted to actually make it.
I'm personally pretty impressed with what we managed to do in the studio in the short amount of time we gave ourselves to complete the project. Mistakes were made that could have been avoided and 14-hour days in the studio drilling all the little tiny holes in the tea tray lid drove us nearly insane, but in the end, we learned so much. We think of what we've done so far as prototyping, and based on what I know about both of our personalities, an even better version will soon be realized.
Today, we finally put together and submitted our entry. Wish us luck!