This is last marking period I worked with red clay instead of white clay. I continued working on sgraffito, but instead of black underglaze on white clay I used tan underglaze on red clay. I am really happy with my plate with carving, but I am disappointed that it could not be fired once I put the final coat of glaze on the plate. The kiln broke right after I finished glazing all of my pieces so only one of them was finished. The kiln stopped working on Friday June 8th and needs to be fixed. I am hoping that the kiln will start working by the end of the year so I can take home my pieces, but they will not be done by the extravaganza because that is Tuesday June 12th. The next piece that I made that was not fired is my lantern. The holes that show the light in the lantern are eyes which stuck to my theme of body parts (even though most of my pieces involve just hands). I like the idea of calling my finished theme the five senses because I focused mostly on eyes, ears, noses, and mouths (Mostly hands, but I didn’t use any other body parts). I also made two boxes for small plants, one with noses and one with mouths because I loved making the box shape after making a box for the gift exchange for the final. The gift exchange of boxes is no longer happening because of the fact that the kiln broke. Not everyone’s boxes were out which makes me very sad. I would’ve liked to see all of my work at the extravaganza and take it all home, but as of now I cannot because of the kiln. I hope that the kiln is fixed quickly so everyone’s pieces can come out by the end of the year.
I started out the marking period working on making new projects right away. I started by doing the sgraffito plate that the ceramics 1 classes were making and then I made a cup that was inspired by the plate. I am really happy with how the glazing of the sgraffito cup came out because I love how the old copper glaze dripped on the part of the cup that was done with underglaze and clear glaze. This marking period was difficult for me to get a lot of pieces made because of senior trip and spring break. Instead of working on pieces and waiting to glaze them, like I did in marking period 1, I used the class time in between time off from school to glaze the pieces I made. I spent a lot of time working on my teapot which has a hand as a spout. I think glaze got caught in one of the fingers that make up the spout because water only comes out of one, but the teapot still looks cool. The glaze I did randomly and I don’t love it, but it is interesting and I just wanted to experiment with different glazing techniques. The last piece I made is a container that could hold pencils or pens on my desk. It is breaking apart from my main theme of hands, but I thought it would still be cool to include. On the inside of the container is an eye that was inspired by the eye of Horus. I hope to continue making more pieces as I get closer to the end of the year. I am currently working on two red clay pieces, a plate that I am going to try putting underglaze on and carving away, and a coil pot bowl that is made of hands and spheres.
The beginning of this marking period I had to glaze all of the work that I made in the first marking period, but I wanted to make more pieces for my collection so I worked on a few more new items and then had to glaze a lot leading up to the art show before winter break. All of my photos are from the time leading up to the art show because after winter break there wasn’t enough time left to make something new. As soon as I got back from break I started in my next project, but I will include the pieces I have made since I got back to school in the third marking period. Out of all the pieces I have made and presented in the art show my favorite piece is my hand bowl I love the design because it is made completely put of cutouts of hands. When the bowl came out glazed at first I did not like it, but now I like the color more. Finishing all of my pieces was not easy, I lacked the amount of time I wanted and I faced some pitfalls. Preparing for the show I made a plan to get everything done, but my plate that I made out of hands exploded in the kiln which threw my plan off. I didn’t know if I would be able to display the plate or if I would have to throw it out but I covered it with layers of glaze and hoped for the best and the plate came out almost perfectly. The plate still had cracks in it, but I stuck together and still looked cool. Even with the struggles I still love ceramics and am going into the second half of the year full steam ahead because I have a lot of new ideas.
At first, I didn’t know what theme I wanted for my ceramic collection, but I then decided on hands and other body parts. I’ve been interested in making hands out of clay since freshman year when I saw a video of someone sculpting a hand. So far this year I have experimented with the different ways you can use hands to make vessels and sculptures. I started off with making a jar with a bunny head as the handle. This vessel is not a part of my theme it was just the start of my year to get me acclimated to the feel of clay again. I really like how the bunny head turned out as well as the jar it sits on. I always have trouble with making fitting lids so I hope to work on that through my projects this year. I hope to further develop my personal ceramic skills this year and fuel my projects with my own creativity rather than looking to Pinterest when I get stuck. My coolest piece so far is probably my bowl that I made out of hands. I cut hands out of a slab of clay and draped them over a bowl mold to create the bowl shape and then I continued to layer them until they could support the weight of each other. I hope to continue making projects like this one throughout the year to add to the collection.