- One major tool that I used during this course was the pottery wheel. On my first try I seemed to do pretty well and created a small decorative pot that will be used to hold a small plant. I preferred to use the electric motor wheel because I felt like I had more control of the speed and it felt a lot smoother than using the kick wheel method because you can’t really control how fast it goes or stopping very easily. The wheel helped me achieve the smooth and symmetrical aspect of my vessel pieces.
At the beginning of the semester I knew pretty little about certain tools and techniques like using the wheel or paper mache but as the semester went along I gained more information about how to master different things. I tried using the electric wheel for the first time in this class and although I did only need one try to get the shape that I wanted, it was still a lot harder than it looked. And I went on to do several more variations of pieces on the electric wheel.
My favorite material that I used this semester was definitely by far clay. I just love using my hands to make the shapes in my head so much more than using tape or glue on paper products. Not to mention that clay has much less limitations hat paper mache or cardboard plus I just find it more fun and entertaining.
I really didn’t care for the figure project because the cardboard was just so difficult to work with because I needed to get it soaked in water for it to bend in the way that I wanted it to go and it started to fall apart before I could even tape it down. Not only has that but with how unmalleable the cardboard is it wouldn’t smooth out and you could barely told what I was trying to make. (a mask, it just looked like a mound of dirt). I had a very hard time cutting into the cardboard for detail too. I would have to almost saw at the cardboard to just get jagged ugly shapes out that I would just have to clean up again after.
1) I defiantly increased my skills in clay art over this semester. Actually my first piece in this class is one of my favorites because I spent so much time and effort on it and it turned out really nice. Its definitely what started my love for clay in this class. I also really enjoyed testing and experimenting with the colors and textures I could create.
For being the first semi serious "not just playing around" project on the wheel i am very proud of this piece. throwing on the wheel came very naturally to me and wasn't that difficult to get the smoothness and the roundness of the shape. after getting the piece off of the wheel i added small spikes along the centerline. that part was slightly difficult in the way that the spikes were so small i had to use and xacto knife to get the edges that i wanted. after firing the glazing was easy except for the outer glaze that had bits of glass in it which i had never worked with before. the uneven texture of the glaze through me off slightly but after the first layer i was comfortable. my favorite things about this piece are definitely how smooth the piece turned out, the spikes, and the outside glaze. it all flows well to me and i just like the flow it all together. i picked this kind of vessel because i was planning on putting a small plant of some kind in it. and the idea of it holding a form of life ,although small, is symbolic.
the idea of the piece is that everyone is connected in a way and the intertwined pieces of yarn show that in addition to the pieces of paper that people were writing on. the my future holds... prompt potentially gives the interpreter and the person writing on the piece the open ended experience of making it their own. i think that it was successful in the way that everyone in the class had a hand in creating it so everyone understood the message on their own while creating it alone. if i were to augment the piece in any way i would o back and out more anchoring threads on the top and the bottom pillars so that the the strings could me more spread out and so the piece could look more wall like in stature.
the material that i used for this project is white clay. the parts of this piece that i am proud of and that i really like is the glass background and the overall structure of the piece is what i think shines the most. the parts that i think would need the most work is the attention to detail in the glaze. the way that it drips over into parts that it doesn't belong looks sloppy and unfinished. i fired the piece three times to try and fix it but it didn't completely work. i also would have liked to have a more accurate color for the luna moth. the way that my piece relates to nature is the balance and delicacy that is required for man to have any kind of relationship with nature. that it can happen as long as there is an understanding that nature is fragile and is not something that is to be taken advantage of like ti has been for so many years. the way that the hand is gently grasping the twig and the moth innocently laying across it gets my point across.
The process of creating the tile was fairly quick but difficult because of its size. The intricate design that I originally sketched has been dulled down to generic lumpy shapes that would have been much more pleasing to the eye if it would have been done on a larger scale. Even the mini tools that i used to carve out the clouds were too big to get the detail that i wanted. but for the first relief project that i have done i give it a 5/10 mediocre but overall decent. the glaze work on the mountain is probably my favorite part of this piece.
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