This marking period, I was able to successfully glaze all of my items from the first marking period and also make a few extra pieces to put in my open Art House display. Additionally, I had extra time to do a few fun holiday projects so I was able to make a bowl with different holiday objects surrounding it and ornaments to go on our Christmas tree. They also made perfect Christmas presents! So far, I’ve been happy with my work this year and strive to continue with the same work ethic through out he rest of the year. I’m proud to say that my display was a success and ready for viewing because at the beginning of the year, this challenge seemed near impossible to me. I look forward to continuing my work with clay and hope to continue to do things to challenge, push myself to be a better ceramic student, and learn new techniques to try with clay.
At the start of the year, I struggled with the two assignments given to me. The first assignment was to make some sort of animal head which would be incorporated into a vessel. I’ve never really done anything this detailed before , however set on making a fish head. When I formed it, I cut all of the excess clay out of the center in my mind thinking not to waste clay. After doing this, I then began to come up with ideas of what to do and landed on creating it into the mouth of a pitcher by chance. I’m very happy I did. The second assignment given was to form one commonality between all the pieces to be made from the beginning of the year until December. Given that the fish is such a big piece, it took a lot of time to come up with a theme for all of my pieces but I finally settled on having nature be the binding concept between all of the pieces. So far, I’ve been doing alright with it but I’ve definitely had my challenges. The flower pot I made originally was supposed to have a braid around it, however it didn’t look right so instead I rolled out a slab and put the braid around it. And for the flower pot, I did all sorts of carving around it instead. The roses I made were also inspired by chance as well. I twisted some of the leftover clay from a slab and it resembled a flower which inspired me to make more to go along with the flower pot. I’m very excited to see what else I’m able to accomplish before the art show! 🙂