Week 7

This week we began our next project where we had to find an article and respond to it. I chose an article by the Huffington Post about pit bulls and why Breed Specific Legislation doesn’t work. Pit bulls are misjudged on their personality based on stereotypes that they are all aggressive.

As a response, I will be making multimedia pit bull dolls. By representing them as a children’s toy they show their true loving personality. The face and arms will be made of ceramics while the body will be fabric. Also, I will be using doll eyes to give them some life.

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Week 5

This week I think I have made enough succulent strands to drape over my largest bowl. I now need to throw the bowl on the wheel along with two other smaller bowls to make a set. Then I need to make 6 more succulent strands to place on the smaller bowls, but they will be on a smaller scale than the others to appear that they are just sprouting.

As far as color, I would like to cover the bowls in a black slip to create a contrast with the plants. I would like to leave the outer bowl surface a rough matte black surface to contrast a slick green glaze on the plants. Upon looking at the glazes at IUS, I think I will go with the Rutile Green glaze.

Week 4

This week I continued to work on my succulents bowl. These strands of the plant are taking me a lot longer to make than I originally thought. I planned on making many bowls but I think now I will set my goal at a set of three, with one big one and two small ones.

I also wanted to create the bowls from a drape mold but realized I wasn’t as big of a fan of that process as I though I would be… So instead I will be throwing the bowls on the wheel.

Right now my biggest struggle is making sure everything stays wet so that the attaching process will go smoothly. I currently have 6 strands made and plan on making a few more to make the plant look whole. Then I will throw the bowl they will be attached to. For the two smaller bowls in the set, I plan on making them look like succulents that are still young and haven’t quite draped over yet. I will make three strands to be placed on these two bowls.

Week 3

This week we have begun a project called distilling the come for. For this project we are challenged to create a form using the repetition of a shape. I really enjoyed the results of my previous project where I created succulents and a cactus out of found objects, and want to carry the same theme into this project.

I decided to create bowls that have dual purposes. On the bottom side of the bowls I will create a succulents arrangement that is created by repetitive shapes. When flipped with the bowl on top the succulents will act as a stand for the bowl. When flipped upside down, the bowl will act as a surface on which the succulents drape over. This gives the piece a dual purpose of both functional and decorative.

Week 2

We are currently working on a project where we have to find our materials from a public place and put them together without using any electricity. Originally I liked the idea of creating dolls out of random items that I find but…it became difficult finding the different parts that I would need as well as figuring out how to put them all together.

So I decided to change my route. After observing all the junk that I have collected over the past couple weeks, I am now working on creating different potted succulents and cacti. I am satisfied with where my cactus has come and am still trying to work out the links on the succulents. I am hoping to create something that is convincing and requires a double take. Something that is believable so when you see them sitting in a windowsill it makes sense until closer inspection.

Week 13

This week has been pretty busy. We kicked off the atmospheric kiln’s this past weekend and have been prepping our work for that. The soda kiln has finished firing and I’m pretty happy with some of the pieces that came out of that. The wood kiln is cooling down and we are awaiting the results from that firing. I am excited to see what becomes of it.

Then our class installed a collaborative space lab show that we titled Atmospheric Exploration. I have put on display a couple pug mugs, puggy banks, and some planters.

I also finally finished glazing my salt and pepper shakers and can’t wait to see how those turn out in the long run. And we are awaiting another pit fire.

Week 12

This week we’ve been prepping work for the soda and wood kilns. We have completed one soda firing and are working on loading another. Today we began loading the fire kiln and will continue loading it until the firing this weekend.

I have been glazing my pieces for both of these kilns as well as making new work. I have another puggy bank that is actually personalized for my cousin. I tried out shellac to see what kind of effects I can have when customizing it with her name. I really like this process and the results and would like to continue it.

I also have been working on some salt and pepper shakers. They don’t have any pug features other than the feet, but I plan on applying patterns to them. I have developed a pug and floral pattern that I like and would like to apply it to them. We shall see how that goes.

Week 10

This week I finished off all of the pug mugs. They just came out of the kiln from bisque and they all survived. My final mug I made had some drying complications and cracked in a couple areas, but I’m gonna keep sending him through the kilns and see where he lands.

I have also began building the salt and pepper shakers in the shape of pugs. I have only got their shape together and have yet to add their features. I am making two sets, one to go through the soda kiln and the other through the wood fire kiln.

I also started working on another small puggy bank. This one was requested by a relative and it will be personalized with a name.

Week 9

Things are about to get pugly! This week I finished up the pug mug faces. I didn’t get as much done this week as I would have liked to..but I enjoyed our visiting artist, Sunshine Cobb, on Wednesday. She was very insightful on what life looks like after college and was encouraging.

The pug mugs are going to go into the soda kiln and I plan on making them colorful rather than naturalistic. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

To kick off the wood kiln, I’d like to make some pug salt and pepper shakers and see how they turn out. I am making so much pug themed stuff to complement my branding I have created in graphic design. It is called The Crafted Pug where I create hand crafted pug themed merchandise including everything from ceramic classes as well as digital artwork ranging from wall art to t-shirts.

Week 8

This week I have been working on some pug mugs. I now have all the handles attached as well as the feet. All that is left is the faces. I realized my handles are more geared to right handers so I made a couple to fit comfortably for a left hander.

I also took one of my mess UPS on the wheel that got really small and turned it into a miniature flower pot with a tray. I gave it a few pug features and plan to put some shellac on it to make the face. I hope that I can find a plant small enough for it, but if not a pig with grass hair would still be cute.

I also got to pack up my pug pile and it is now ready to go home with its new owner.

And just for fun I made a pug necklace with polymer clay.