In Process Sgraffito
1.) Something I have always loved were roses. They are so beautiful and mean a lot to me, so i decided to do a tray with roses on it. I want my piece to be simple and for it to be focused on a rose.
2.) So far my piece is coming out really nice, I really love the way it looks so far. Shaping the clay into a tray was really good, but the edges of the tray are thin which i tried fixing. Carving out the rose and making it look like i want is coming out really good.
Finished Blog Post
Overall the process went really well. The process took a while but at the end the pieces came out amazing. Something the was successful about my piece was how the rose and detail i added on the corner looked, I think I did a really good job carving. I really love the way the black compliments the rose really nice. Something that I would change would be making the edge of my tray thicker and also not carving out triangles throughout the perimeter of the tray.
Pit Fired Ceramics
1. Saggers are the lidded containers that are used to contain and also isolate the pots during firing. Some use aluminum foil, they are used to keep the flumes around a pot so it would pick up color from the flumes.
2. Something successful about my piece was coiling. I think I did a really good job coiling to make a pot. It came out pretty smooth and the shape was nice as well. something that I would change would be to add more dark materials to my piece before it got fired so it would have came out a darker color.
1. Paper Mache is a material that is lightweight and can be work in stages. First you would have to sketch out your design, second you need to create an armature, and then you would mache your piece, and once dried you can paint it.
2. Something successful about my piece was using newspaper as my armature to create hands. Overall getting the shape to be of two hands together was pretty good.
3. What I had difficult doing was layering. Trying to get the layers in between the fingers was a little hard. Something else was creating texture while putting on the layers. I had trouble making the hand have wrinkles and for it to look realistic.
Throwing on the Wheel
1. Throwing is the process the clay touches the wheel to the time the wheel is stop. It includes centering the clay and shaping it.
2. Some difficulties I had was centering the clay, so that it would be steady. Another difficulty I had was that I kept pressing the petal too hard that the wheel was spinning really fast.
3. Something I found successful was after centering I started to shape it out which went pretty good.
1. Throughout this class I have been using different tools to help me out in completing my art work. Some of the tools I have used include little things like scissors, expo, glue guns, slab roller, brushes, pencils/pens, eraser's, the wheel, and many more. These tools have helped me cut, draw, stick, create, and shape anything that I wanted to make. The pottery wheel is a machine used in the shaping of round ceramic, it helped me in creating a bowl. A kiln is another tool that helped me get my clay pieces to harden. It is like a type of oven that produces heat to harden objects from clay to pottery. Another tool that helped me out was a clay rib and what it basically does is help me smooth and shape my clay piece.
2. My knowledge and understanding of tools has changed a lot since the beginning of the semester. At first my view towards tools was very simple for example a scissor cuts things, a pencil helps me draw, and a ruler helps me measure. But the little things like an expo and glue helped us at the beginning of the year to build a huge tree. Throughout time I started to learn more about tools when involving clay because when it comes to designing your clay piece you will need different tools that will help create design and texture.
3.Describe a project where the choices you made regarding material, size, technique, etc helped enhance this project.
A project that my choices help enhance was the paper sculpture project. I decided to use cardboard as my material in building the Eiffel Tower. The size I created it was not small but also not so big it was a perfect size, almost the size of a blender or smoothie maker. The technique I used was putting little detail at the bottom, but the higher is got the more detail I put into it which really made it stand out.
4.What was your favorite material that you used this year? Why do you like working with it?
One of my favorite materials that I used this year would have to be clay. Even though it can get really messy it is a fun material you can work with. Something I like about it is that it can be usable for example to hold things unlike other work that you would use as display. Last year I made a tray that I used and still use as a fruit tray. Another thing I really like about it is how you can make it look glossy and shiny.
5. Which project was your least successful? Explain why you consider this work of art unsuccessful? If you were to create this project over, what changes would you make?
The project that was the least successful was the paper mache project. I considered this work of art unsuccessful because it didn't had much detail and I didn't take my time on it. It came out really sketchy and simple. If I were to create this project all over again I would have taken my time on it and make it look realistic. While I would be layering it I would also be creating texture to make it pop. Overall it didn't come out the way I wanted it but it was alright.
In Process Blog
Final Blog Post
1. The idea of an installation is a three-dimensional that are site- specific and designed to transform perception of a space.
2. I think the tree came out better than i expected, everyone did a good job on their part of the project and it looks really pretty and colorful.
3. If this installation project was personal i would have added more leaves and make it look bigger and puffy at the top.
4. My group was in charge of creating insects, bush, roses, and the little details that are on a tree. Everyone was doing their own thing but all with the same idea or theme we were assigned. I personally worked on leaves and flowers more than insects.
1. Something i found succesful about this project was cutting out pieces and connecting them together in a form of random shape that looked cool. Over all the cutting, gluing, and forming a shape went well into getting a final product.
2. The foam cup is really sensitive and you had to be very gentle with it because the pieces could break. Some of my pieces broke off and i had to glue them together and i found that difficult.