Making a Magnifying Glass 

In order for people to understand that they can interact with my piece, as it is an interactive sculpture, I decided to make a ceramic frame for a piece of magnifying glass. I based the design around the original frame size, but have needed to allow some space around the edge of the glass, as the bottom piece contains a dip, in which the outer edge of the glass sits and then a raised area, which will be glued to the top piece, ensuring that the ceramic pieces sit flat against the rounded glass. I experimented with the design of the handle for quite a while as I felt it was an important aspect of setting the mood for the whole piece. Too thin and short and it made the glass look oversized. But with a large handle, the ceramic magnifying glass looked clumsy and excessive. I started exploring what effect a rounded handle would give and discovered, if it were too big it looked comical, but scaled down, perfectly illustrated the playfulness of the piece. With my recent plans of combining the drawers with a chair frame, I mused that on the top box, the magnifying glass may be too high for some viewers to notice it, thereby potentially eliminating the interactive factor. I thought of other ways of making the magnifying glass visible and decided to utilise the back of the chair. I felt that in addition, this would give the overall piece more depth and added points of interest on every angle, whilst producing a more concise and neat piece. I decided to make a small hook for the glass to hang on (possibly with a ribbon?) and a hole on the magnifying glass, from which it will hang. I am also feeling very sure that the magnifying glass design is strong and should not break. I would feel awful if someone broke something accidentally and felt bad and so want to avoid that as much as possible. I know that many people will be unwilling to touch the piece as ceramics is know to be delicate and fragile. But to interact, the viewer must be thoughtful and gentle, much as we must be with nature. Too roughshod and impatient and it will break, gone forever, impairable, much like the loss of the insects. But a breakage may strengthen this narrative even more.


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