AbstractThis study focuses upon the "Creative Exploitation of Electrodepositing Metals onto Glass" and primarily addresses the needs of the artist I craftsmen practitioner operating specifically within the technical, financial and practical limitations of the small scale studio environment. For this reason, although much of the research is of a scientific or technical nature it is fundamentally driven from an artistic and decorative imperative. The initial research centres upon culling information from a mishmash of different sources, to provide a historical literature survey of time spread techniques and contemporary practices within industrial and creative contexts. This traces the evolutionary development of the process from the 1850's to the current day, and for the very first time establishes a single body of knowledge on the subject which documents the disparate and discrete applications and versions /approaches to the process and places them within a broad framework which identifies their similarities, differences and relativity's. This allows also for the first time, the generation of simple, repeatable versions of the process and indicates their possible application and exploitation. These are tested through empirical and pragmatic experimentation, and the tabulated results used to devise guidelines and a coherent code of practice capable of informing and directing the small scale studio activities of the artist / craftsmen. In particular methods of rendering the glass conductive known as metallizing are examined and evaluated in order to assess the feasibility of obtaining true adhesion (defined as an independent and tenacious bonding between the metal and the glass, although it is a conclusion of this research that electrodeposition on glass relies upon the principle of encapsulation). Parallel to this a series of samples are presented which explore the aesthetic and creative potential of the technique. Their existence as repositories and illustrations of possible further areas for exploration, demonstrate a repeatable and premeditated control over the textural and tactile electrodeposition of metals onto glass. Within this study their exploitation has been driven by a personal visual language towards the production of a body of exhibitable, quality artefacts. A further strand of this research examines the feasibility of using procedures and decorative effects identified for application in small scale studio as a basis for product development and consultancy work/practice within larger commercially directed environments.
PublisherUniversity of Wolverhampton
TypeThesis or dissertation
DescriptionA thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
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