The start of unit 2 was a group research project, which culminated in a group presentation to the rest of the year. Each group was given a topic based on food, my group was given Dinner to research. This project proved to be quite challenging for a couple of reasons, firstly with it being a group project communication was key to the project running well, generally communication was fine, before our Christmas break we had a series of meetings as a group, then when we on our break we carried on communicating via email in order to keep the research going and to collate our research into a presentations. However  there were a few occasions of miscommunication. When this happened I believe as a group we came together and resolved the problem quickly. The other challenge was public talking, this is something I struggle with although after some advice from other members in our group I found it a lot easier.

At the start of the unit we were given a talk on the types of research we should conduct, those being  primary research and secondary research. For my primary research I decided to go to some department stores such as Debenhams and steamer trading in Canterbury, I was looking at the object relating to dinner. This lead me to what I found most interesting, which was the sheer lack of variation in mainstream tableware. All crockery is ceramics and mostly white sometimes with patterns on. Not only was everything the same, it was also all quite expensive. This discovery has lead me to want to look into making tableware out of unusual materials and also make the cheaply, which is the starting point for the next part of this unit. In my secondary I researched looked at the origins of the term “dinner” and also looked at the possible changes to dinner in the future. From this I discovered the Foodini 3D food printer, and Soylent which is a food substitute (both of which can be seen bellow).

When it came to the presentations I found it really interesting to see all the different angles the groups approached the project from. Some looked at their topic from a international level where as other looked at it from a more sociological point of view. Something that I found really interesting was the Japanese teacups which were looked like a completely different cup depending on the angle you looked at them from. (can be seen bellow)

I think I now need to research materials I can use for my piece of tableware and also look at example of other pieces of tableware made from unusual materials

Thanks for reading

Math Whittaker

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