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.

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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.

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.