Free the Lollipops - Jan Clayton

Inspiration details:

Lollipop Isle

Sculpture

Finland (made)

1969 (made)

Toikka, Oiva, born 1931 (designer). Nuutajarvi Glassworks (manufacturer)

Clear and coloured glass, moulded and free-blown

V&A collection reference number(s):
CIRC.444-1969

Artist Statement

Jan Clayton

I was attracted to the mix of colour and translucency of the glass sculpture, along with its playfulness and sense of joy. It inspired me to experiment with ideas using the forms in a different medium and composition to capture a similar impression. To achieve the image of lollipops contained in a block I used recycled transparency slide frames that were bonded and riveted together then painted with enamel. The lollipops have been formed from plain aluminium sheet and anodised aluminium to provide contrast of light and colour. These were then bonded together in groups and then onto their frames. The brooch pin, clasp, and ribbon linking the frames are formed from round silver wire. The ribbon milled, textured and oxidised. In my piece the lollipops have become small and contained within their frames. The size of the brooch has been dictated by the shape and combination of the transparency slide frames and measures 15cm L x 7cm W x1.5cm D. This has ensured that the brooch is a statement piece. I attend classes in jewellery and sculpture at Bromley Adult Education College and have found that my jewellery is influenced by sculpture. In addition my tutor has encouraged me to explore different methods of working including use of recycled materials to expand my creativity. I chose to juxtaposition the frames to represent the lollipops being freed from the main block and used the silver aluminium with bright coloured anodised aluminium for contrast and balance. These are set within the black frames to provide impact. Drawing the images helped me to form my ideas and were used to complete the project. They assisted in determining the size of the piece and to ensure that the brooch pin became an integral element of the design.

Free the Lollipops - Jan Clayton

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Inspiration details:

Lollipop Isle

Sculpture

Finland (made)

1969 (made)

Toikka, Oiva, born 1931 (designer). Nuutajarvi Glassworks (manufacturer)

Clear and coloured glass, moulded and free-blown

V&A collection reference number(s):
CIRC.444-1969

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