This week I finished making all the parts of a pugasus. I made a tail and wings that will be glued in place on the fabric. Once they have set up a little bit, I will clean up the fur texture on each piece.
I also finally got around to glazing my plates from the previous project. I put a layer of clear cone 6 glaze on them. These will eventually get the transfer decal of my plant illustrations. I also glazed an extra bowl I had sitting around. I decided to try out one of our mystery glazes, which consists of a bunch of test glazes mixed together. This bowl is cone 10.
This week we continued working on our final project. I completed the legs and added the fur texture to the sculptural pieces. Now I just need to create the tail and wings so I can get them bisqued and move on to creating molds.
Also this week, Lindsay Oesteritter came by IUS for a workshop. She demoed throwing on the wheel, adding rims, and pulling handles. It was nice to get her perspective on how to balance life with art making.
This week we got our triaxials blends out of the kiln. Once again, not what I was expecting, but I think there are a few nice colors that came out.
I also have made progress on my final project for the semester, which is the pug dolls. I am working on creating a mask that I will try to create a mold from so that I can make multiples quickly. As a reminder, I will be creating pug doll characters such as pugasus, lady pug, and pugasaurus.
This week we have been hard at work making glaze blends. We got some of our line blends out of the kiln. I was a little disappointed in mine just because it did not turn out the way I was expecting, but there are a few of the lighter ones that I enjoy.
We also began our triaxials. I finished mine and it is ready to be fired. Super excited to see the results.
This week we began working on our glaze tests. We put together some fusion tests to observe how different materials react in the kiln. Then we also made lots of stand up test tiles that we are using for line blends and a triaxial blend.
I decided to make a line blend of John’s Satin 2 RIO with an increasing increment of red iron oxide.
This week we critiqued our Alpologia project. We switched it up this week and did a written critique rather than an oral critique. I found it really helpful and I got a lot of insight on my plates.
For our next project we will be working on mixing glazes through line blends and triaxial blends.
While we are working on the glazes we will also begin our final project in which I will be creating more dolls with the inspiration from my digital pug characters that I have developed previously through my pug brand, the Crafted Pug.
It worked! This week I tried tying down cloth around the plates and when I came back into the studio they actually stayed true to their form! Now that I have overcome this obstacle, I have been cranking out more plates. Currently I have 6 plates and plan to create more.
We had a progress critique this week and it was good to get feedback from classmates. Brian has been very helpful in helping me find resources in how to get decals made to place my illustrations on my ceramic pieces. I can’t wait to get to that point.
This week I began working on my plates and I even started a bowl. My first platter was a flop… The clay dried too quickly on the slump mold and when I pulled it out it had warped upward on the mold. So I had to trash that and start over.
I made a bowl on a slump mold and that worked out successfully as I was able to remove it from its mold by the end of class. I’m still brainstorming how to get the plates to keep their shape and dry.
I currently have two more plates that I have created and I’m hoping to figure out the drying process. Once the vessels are ready to be glazed and decorated, I plan to print off my digital botanical illustrations onto transfer paper with an ink jet printer to easily transfer the illustrations to the surface of the vessels.
This week was the beginning of my last semester here at IUS.
We were introduced to our new classmates on the first day of class and then given our first assignment. We were given a reading called Apologia and required to create a project derived for our thoughts if the reading.
Apologia talks about a man who had a great appreciation for things that were normally passed by on a normal day. He stopped when I came across roadkill and would remove them from the asphalt, to lay in the grass or give them a proper burial. It made him angry when he noticed people passing my the dead creatures without any remorse.
I thought about things that I have reverence for and decided to create a project illustrating the beauty of nature. I want to make vessels that would be used during gatherings, such as platters and large bowls, that have simple illustrations of plants and their scientific name. Specifically I would like to illustrate weeds that bloom flowers. This way I am illustrating a plant that normally is looked at in a negative aspect, but giving it a chance to be viewed as beautiful. By creating platters and bowls with these illustrations, it would serve as a reminder during gatherings the beauty of nature and how we as humans must be mindful of our actions to keep this world alive and beautiful.
This week we finished up the semester with a final crit. I displayed three of my projects from this semester including Distilling the Complex Form, Response Project, and Choose Your Own Project from Claybucket. My Distilling the Complex Form project is a bowl that features a succulent plant on the bottom. The balls of clay work together to create a more complex form which is the Burro’s Tail succulent that drapes around the bowl form. The idea of this piece is that it has a dual function. When the bowl is upright it serves as a functional bowl but when places upside down it functions as a decorative sculpture piece.
The second project, the Response project, I chose an article on Breed Specific Legislation which deals with the discrimination of certain dog breeds, such as pit bulls, that are mislabeled as “aggressive.” My response to this article is to make the pit bull that is viewed as scary and intimidating, due to their fighting past, and representing them in a way that is more accurate to their loving personalities, as a cuddly doll.
Finally, I chose the project that Charlyn created that deals with creating a multi media piece that deals with a childhood memory. So going along with this new process of doll making that I have discovered, I decided to take the dogs even farther by bringing a more personal touch to it. So I created two dolls modeled after two dogs that I have owned and have passed away, Izzy a pug and Clementine a beagle. The faces and legs are made from ceramic and the body is fabric that I have sewn together to create the body forms. The color is created by using diluted acrylic paints.