So I know I'm not doing the final exam, but I figured I would write a little something about the class because I enjoyed it so much. From my art 1 class in sophomore year I loved sculpture, I tried to get the class my junior year but I wasn't given it. So I am glad that I got to take it my senior year and I get to take it again next semester. I have learned so many new techniques and styles. I got to try out the wheel, which I am surprisingly good at. I became close with people that have changed my life and always make me smile. I just want to say thank you for putting up with Maria, Ketzy (even though she wasn't in the class technically haha), V, Doug, and I. Through all of our antics you still push us to success. You inspire me every day to be better and do better. Thank you for being the coolest and most badass teacher I could ever have. It has truly been a pleasure being your student. And I know I have whole other semester with you, but I don't know another teacher like you. So thank you, for being not only a teacher to us, but a friend.
Mosaics are pieces of glass or stone that have been assembled together to make a picture or design. The very first known mosaic was in an ancient Mesopotamia temple. This paved the way for Ancient Greek and Roman mosaics being made. They were popular in Italian churches that were portraits of saints. In early Islamic buildings they were geometric patterns with bright colors. Mosaics were renowned in Byzantine art, and often used gold leaf. To make a mosaic you need a wood board and tiles. You need to sketch a design on the wood board and then figure out how to assemble all the pieces together. Once you have figure it out glue all the pieces down and wait for it to dry, then you need to grout it. Lay down the grout and spread it out so it fills the gaps, once you've done that then you need to take a damp sponge or damp towel and wipe away the excess grout from the tiles. When the grout has dried then you have a finished mosaic piece.
Not finished because it wasn't fired :(((. I got my idea from a drawing that I had made of koi fish as yin and yang. The sgraffito process was very fun when I actually did it. I enjoyed scratching away at the clay to make the fish. It was relaxing and I needed it :). I don't think I would change it, but it was successful in the way that it turned out how I wanted it to. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's fired.
Throwing is a lot of fun and I can't wait to do more next semester. I guess I'm kinda good at it :) The most difficult part was centering, but I got it pretty well eventually. I made two pieces on the wheel that I could keep. I gave one to Maria and one to my mom. For throwing you need to get a handful size piece of clay wedge it to get all the air bubbles out, then you want to make sure the wheel is dry so the clay doesn't slip off. After drying the wheel you want to throw the piece of clay on the wheel and get your hands just a little wet. Once you get your hands wet you can start centering by squeezing it together in your hands and then pulling up and pushing down the clay. Then you can slow down the wheel and make whatever shape you desire.
In Progress pictures
1. Explain the process you have used to create you piece so far.
I made 4 slabs, cut the sides using a template and cut the sides off diagonally, then I slipped and scored the sides together to the square base. I then cut out the weird beanie bois.
2. What difficulties have you come across so far? What has been successful?
Personally none, and I think everything has been successful : )
3. What do you have planned to go from here? Has your design changed based on what your experiences so far?
To burn it, and it's the first piece I've made that has kept to the plans
1.Explain the process of pit fired ceramics. Should be at least 3 sentences or more
You start off making the piece with one of three choices: slab, coil, or throwing on the wheel. You bisque fire the piece and add on the materials you want to burn. Then you put it in a bin and burn wood and take it out and whabam, the piece is pretty.
2.How do you feel your piece was successful and how might you change it if you were to make it again?
It turned out pretty and how I imagined. I would probably only make more if I wanted to change it.
3.What did you burn onto your piece?
Egg shells, ionospheric acid, copper carbonate, paper, and wire.
In Progress Pictures
1. Explain the process of the mug. (start to finish)I made a slab, then I made a cylinder, then pinched the bottom to make feet for the mug, I smoothed out the whole piece, then I pushed out the cylinder to get the curve of the mug. For the handle I made a snake like shape and a ball, scored and slipped the ball and snake shape, then I curved the snake shape and scored and slipped it to the mug
2. What style did you do the handle as? How did you make it?
I made the handle in my own style, I made it by making a snake like shape and attaching a ball on the top of that.
3. What do you find successful? What might you change if you were to make it again?
The whole thing :), I probably wouldn't have burnished it because I got water on the part I burnished and it made the glaze matte.
4. Define: Clay Slab - a flattened piece of clay
The artist's name is Dan Lam and she uses polyurethane foam and epoxy resin to create the foam blobs. She lets the foam move on its own only helping it to create the drips. After the foam blobs dry she puts acrylic paint in a piping bag and pipes the spike texture onto the blobs. Her art gives almost an optical illusion with the bright vs dark contrasting colors she uses on her pieces which I really enjoy in this artwork. It is what immediately stood out to me when I was scrolling through the pages. Her previous work has also been very blobby and free form.
What makes their work inspiring to you? What about it draws you in? I like how she puts the bright colors over the darker ones to contrast the colors and make it pop even more to mess with your mind. Pretty much anything that messes with my mind and makes me have to do a double take draws me in.