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.

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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.

Week 7

So first of all I’d like to share that the pug pile from a year ago just sold 🙂 so I’m pretty excited about that. But this week we’ve been firing some saggars and finally got the pit kiln running. I have one puggy bank in the pit kiln now awaiting the results. I have been too chicken so far to put anything in the saggar but am realizing now how much I like that effect and might try it out on some puggy banks.

I got some more puggy banks out and ready for bisque. I have also been on the wheel throwing forms for much larger mugs. I think I plan on making some with faces and some without but I will keep the characteristic pug tail handle on each and probably the feet as well.

Week 6

This week we learned how to repair a kiln’s elements which was pretty cool. We also began the next project which will be focusing on firing in the soda kiln. For this project I will be experimenting with mugs, more specifically pug mugs. I have some small ones made out right now that are just kind of helping get the feel for it all. I plan on making some larger ones. I got to experiment with making a handle as well and I found it very challenging, especially because I am trying to mimic a pug’s tail. I finally came up with something that I found comfortable to hold but it ended up a little off centered but I’m okay with it.

I decided to keep my failed attempts at handles after I coiled them in a pile, thinking it would look like a completed tail, but rather they look like piles of poo. I thought it was funny so I might try putting them through firing as well and maybe display them with the dogs at crit. I did also put some more Terra sig on some pieces and they are ready for a bisquing.

Week 5

This week we were to begin our next project which is for the soda kiln. I decided to start working on some pug mugs that I had designed last semester but never followed through with. I am currently experimenting with the method in which I would like to build them (on the wheel or hand built) as well as figuring out how to design the form in a way that will be most functional and comfortable. I want them to be a round shape, like a ball, but still function easily as a mug.

Our pieces for the pit fire were bisqued and we got to see how those turned out. I’m happy with the way my puggy banks came out. The Barnard Terrasigallata came out a lot lighter of a brown than I expected but I still like it.

My bulldogs also came out of the cone 6 firing this week and I was happy to have completed them. They are a commission artwork that was inspired by my pug pile. I am excited to get them to the person that asked for them.

Week 4

This week I finally got to experience the magic of Terrasigallata on my own pieces. I put on a couple coats of the OM4 sig on my two large puggy banks. I want the two large ones to match and so I will paint them similarly. I am waiting for the Barnard sig to finish up so that I can try out a dark brown/black for the faces of the pugs.

I have finished getting the shapes of the three smaller puggy banks but still need to work out all the details on those. I want these three pugs to be similar as well. The only difference between them being the clay bodies used and different sig coloring on their faces. I will leave the clay exposed on the bodies only painting the faces with sig. I will call this set “the three little pugs.”

I have also made up some sketches for some ideas for future projects. For the next firing I would like to make some salt and pepper shakers in the shape of pugs.

We also started the building process on our pit kiln. We set out some cinder blocks in the shape of the kiln then laid down some soft bricks along the base and built them up along the wall.

Week 3

This week I have been working on the puggy banks. As it turns out, the package of corks I bought to plug the holes in the puggy banks only has two corks big enough to fit a quarter and so I am limited on the amount of puggy banks I can actually make with the corks. So I have decided to make two large puggy banks with the corks. One will be a standard puggy bank with the cork on bottom while the other one will have a cork in its mouth (“put a cork in it”). So that I can continue making more puggy banks I have decided to make three more smaller versions that will release the money through a lid rather than the cork. I also thought about making these three a set and use the three different clay bodies so that they will be different colors. To change these puggy banks up a bit, I’m considering putting hats on them as handles for the lid. I thought that would be a cute touch. We also learned how to make Terra sig. I partnered up with Carly and we mixed together the Kentucky stone clay Terra sig and it is currently settling. I also got one of my ceramic pieces into the juried art show here at IUS and was honored to have it selected for the show. I submitted my 30 in sculpture from my second semester of ceramics titled Pug Pile. Carly and I also did a collaboration piece this week just for fun. When we were in high school we would make these weird drawings where each of us would choose an animal and we would exchange the paper back and forth and draw a body part until we had a complete morphed animal with characteristics from each animal we chose. We had folders full of these drawings. While we were sitting in ceramics class we thought it would be cool if we did the same concept, but with sculpting. So in class Carly choose an owl and I chose a gorilla and we passed the sculpture around and created this weird animal that we called a Growl. There will probably be more of these weird creations to pop up throughout the rest of this semester.