Today when we got to school we thought of questions to ask Jon Mills for our Skype session. We could think of questions for the artist or author and also to ask Mr Watt.
We then had to decide on some rules for Skype, like speaking up and being quiet when others are talking.
It was a shame the Skype connection didn’t work so well so the video was slow but the sound was good and we found out lots of information.
Here are the questions and answers we got:
Fergus: Why are you so interested in metal?
JM: I like metal things, my grandfather and father worked with metal too.
Ivy: Has Mr Watt got a family?
JM: Not yet but soon hopefully.
Arlie: how long did it take you to build the ghost train?
JM: three or four months to make it but I started the drawings and planning applications eight years before.
Amber: At what age did you start making things with metal?
JM: when I was 18 I went to art college and I started at 21 at University.
Yusuf: Why is Mr Watt grumpy?
JM: he is like another person in me. He worries a lot just like I do. I find it amusing that he is grumpy.
Mia: does Mr Watt have friends?
JM: not really, he is too grumpy.
Marnie: why did you name him Mr Watt?
JM: He is named after the famous inventor James Watt. Also it is like Dr Who and my first book was called What Mr Watt? which I thought was funny.
Freddie: How did you bend the metal?
JM: when metal gets hot, it goes soft and then I can bend it. When it cools down, it stays in the shape I bend it into.
Spenser: How do you stick the metal together?
JM: I use a welder, it melts the metal together and sticks them.
Cerys: Does Mr Watt have a first name?
JM: not that I know off, I’ll have to ask him!
Beth: Does Mr Watt have a house?
JM: today I am building a life size Mr Watt shed which will be his house. When it is finished I will use it for workshops.
Here are some more questions we would have liked to ask:
Cali: Mr Watt what is the best thing you have made so far?
Ivy: Do your children want to work with metal too?
Manou: Is Mr Watt ever happy?
Cerys: Does Mr Watt have hobbies?
Theo: Jon Mills, Why did you make Mr Watt? Do you make ideas with Mr Watt?
Marnie: What piece of work are you most proud off?
Arlie: What is your piece of work that is furthest away?
Lewis: Do you think Mr Watt is amazing at metal things?
We then had a go at designing our own metal models.