I completely forgot about week 6, even though I took some pictures. As a recap I had some issues with my project with the pods here are some pictures
Later on when I lifted it back up it fell down while I wasn’t there…
Anyway, I made some new type of clay that’s great for sculpture and it is amazing. I just love it a lot, I started remaking this project using it but I’m still going to try to salvage the original. But here are some pics of the new one.
I also began to work on something that is representative of cities and I just wanted to make something that gestures to this perspective of looking at a city from a distance where the buildings seem to clump together.
They aren’t connected yet in those pictures but that’s something I’m working on this week (week 8). I’m also having issues with conceptual matter. There are a lot of things I want to base my work on but I just don’t know how and that’s where my issue lies.
I began attaching my pods together which was working great however, issues began to emerge. For one, some pods I made too thin and easily got bent/broke. I also used the wrong clay for this project which I like the clay so I’m just going to struggle through it. So far this project has caused me to try different things so it’s been a good learning process. I’m also goin goin back to more cylinder shaped pods because it may make attaching things together easier. I really need to start pumping these pods out though because so far all my pieces have ended up cracking and what not so I don’t have as much done as I’d like. The cracking may have also been my bad because of all the moving I did on them, so far the one I haven’t touched hasnt cracked. Also, I was suggested to make and use paperclay slip, epsom salt or vinegar to fix cracks so I’m definitely going to be trying those things out.
Oh ive also been trying different ways to attach them I think it’s easiest to put them into a concave circle. I also made a damp box this week!
For this week, I’ve been working on the new complex project. I’ve just been throwing off the hump making cone like objects. It has been an interesting process for sure, there are times when it’s easy and other times when the first handful of them just don’t work at all. The saddest parts are when I have a perfect cone form and as I’m trying to get it off the hump I accidentally mess it up by jabbing my finger at it while it’s spinning. So I’ve been trying to keep my hands more coordinated, it’s something that I absolutely need to work on even for outside of ceramics. This week I also stumbled upon a ceramic artist on Instagram @art_dekarla and she’s an undergrad ceramic student who is from Jalisco, a state in Mexico from which I’m also from!!! So it’s very exciting to see someone who shares a similar background to me, also share a similar interest. Her artworks are beautiful, she makes traditional like forms and paints on top of them naturalistic birds and hearts. I’ll try to post an image of hers. I am really inspired by how she uses underglaze and I may want to experiment with under glaze maybe. She also paints a lot of hummingbirds on her pieces (not a lot but her pieces tend to have a hummingbird on them) which I found interesting because I also have created things based around hummingbird
This week I finished the found trash project, well I found parts that I had made for it in my car after presenting it so it’s not as finished as it could be. I may attach them on still but I’m not sure.
Other than that I began the complex project and I’m throwing small bowl like forms, I’m trying to make them more cone shaped now though. Anyway, I’m trying to make a lot of them to create a foxglove sculpture. I’ve been trying to find something to focus my work around and so I came up with a list of things I liked. I enjoy installations and so I am hoping I can make enough of this floral sculptures so that I can create a space that can be walked around. It’s a long shot but I’m hoping to continue this idea with other objects to include. I just always seem to have a hard time making body of works that are cohesive together and I figured I should at least make an attempt on something that I want to focus on. I also still enjoy making functional stuff so I work on making some vessels. I figure I could focus on sculptural objects and then do functional ware on the side.
I really don’t know why I forget to write my blog entries so easily it’s not like I hate writing these. I think it’s a beneficial thing to do, I want to make it more of a habit to post things on social media but I’m always forgetting to do so??? Also these are ramblings to myself because I’m a dummy. Anyways, a few days ago when I was thinking of what to include in this blog, since I missed week 1 as well, I was going to still include what I had done.
it mainly consisted working on the first project that utilized found materials/objects. Originally I wanted to make a hammock like object but I realized they was probably not feasibly and I ended up not liking that idea either way. So the first week I spent the majority of it just braiding strips of shower curtain like material like this and then I crocheted them into circles which I was only able to make 2 out of all this (baby sized hammock could’ve been made to the very least) and I thought I took pictures but I guess not. Anyway now I’m trying to make circular crocheted objects, I found some cloth and washed them so that’s for this week (week 3 spoilers).
Week 2, this is probably when I made the circular crocheted things, I confuse the things I make time wise so that’s why these blogs are also helpful. But I’m pretty sure this is when I began to crochet. For week 2, I also found some wire hangers that I began to take apart but I’m not sure just yet what I want to do with them. It’s fine I have today to figure it out 😱
this week it mainly consisted of me throwing on the wheel a lot. I’m practicing throwing cylinders and trying to get IT down! I feel like I have a lot more to learn. I’ve been going all the way to the bottom making a bottomless cylinder basically and just pulling without a base. I have pictures too.ive always wanted to squish my cylinders just to do it but never have so I decided to do that for these and then I tried to further manipulate. I like the way the firms look too. I’ll post some pics so it’ll make more sense. Oh I also made clay this week. The pictures are above for some reason I will try to fix this later.
I did terribly with the blog posts but I at least wanted to make sure I made a final post for the semester and i’m surprised that I remembered. I’ve learned a lot this semester and I’m beginning to explore a lot of new things! I really enjoyed doing all the atmospheric firings and I hope to continue doing those. I especially love the Soda kiln and I hope to create a lot more work utilizing it. Here are some pictures of work I did that was fired in the soda kiln:
We also finished unloading the wood kiln so here are some pictures from that firing:
The color from the ash is a lot different from the soda kiln which I find to be super cool. I especially love the red colors and where you can see the movement of the fire. I made a little table and I had some chairs but those didn’t make it in the wood kiln. However, they did make it into the soda, so I’m waiting for those!
I also finally finished all my pit firing art works so here is a picture of some :
I also enjoyed the pit fires but I wish that it could go to higher temperatures so that I could make cups or something because I really love the textures/patterns/look of the pieces.
I’m honestly not sure what week we are in but anyway, for this past week I’ve been working a little more on my hand building. I think I’m a little slow on that though. I’m still wheel throwing despite having said I wanted to take a break. I’ve been trying to mix hand building and throwing together though which is what I’m going to work on some more. The only thing I hate is trimming because it’s frustrating and I feel like I’m doing it wrong. But I guess I just have to continue practicing! Here’s a picture of some new things I’ve made:
I also want to start utilizing texture more in my pieces, because I think that once I have glaze on it then it’ll add some cool effects.
Also I helped with the Southern Crossing Pottery Festival and it was pretty fun. I was also super inspired by all the amazing ceramic work that was there and I was so happy to have been able to speak with some of the artists. It was a great experience overall! Also, I think the news lady was there as a sponsor which I think was so cool! And she spoke about community and how we were able to make this happen thanks to community. I’m really excited for next years and to see how it’ll go! Here’s a picture of the news lady (maybe) and Jason: