So it’s critique week. I don’t have any new photos because we saw my work as it got finished throughout the semester. Everyone is scrambling to finish everything and gettlit ready for the end of the semester. From what I’ve seen so far everyone stuff looks really good. There was a lot of experimentation this semester and can’t wait to see the results as well as a few people perfecting already established themes in their work. It has been an amazing semester and can’t wait to hopefully practice on the wheel over the break and start brainstorming stuff for my BFA classes. Excited to be done with this semester but can’t wait for next semester to start.
So this week i made a back up for my thrown and altered project so I didn’t run into the same issue as I did over the summer if my sculptural figure explodes. She is currently being bisqued. Unfortunately we had to fire her in two pieces but let’s hope she makes it through the firing. The triangle piece is a commissioned piece. I’m experimenting with deeper set cuts in my pieces. The final glazes are suppose to alternate matte black and glossy black. It will be a nice experience as far as texture goes.
So this week i finished up my girl. She turned out pretty decent. Glazing is wants going to make it pop. Also my three pieces came out of the soda firing. They turned out brown and slips turned out pretty nice. In some area the slip started to turn gray or a grayish blue. Now all I need to do is attach the broken pieces together.
This week my three pots were bisqued fired. Only one turned out with a few cracks. They were suppose to be in the wood fire kiln but ungourtantly we didn’t have enough work for it. So instead we chose to do a soda firing for just critique work. I went to wad the bottoms of my pieces and one of them broke. So I will wad each section by itself and reattach them after the fact.
Workedbon project 4 this week. I slab built a bunch of pots using molds. They look like Skittles and ufos right now but will be much taller with different kinds of necks. Project 4 requires us to pull from an article and what I’m pulling from my article is color and texture. I’m pushing my slips further as well as adding a lot of texture. When I’m finished they should be more sculptural rather than functional. Still working on the sculptural figure piece. It’s proving to be more tedious than intended.
So this week is trying to finish the last two projects before the wet ware cut off. My goblets were fired. They are a terrible brown red color and it is hard to see the inlay on them which is rather disappointing. On a white clay body they would have stood out way more. The outside is in glazed and has a lot of texture. The inside has a clear glaze over purple slip that when fired becomes this mint green color. I created another scale pot for the wood fire kiln but this time I put red slip on the inside of the pot. I’ve never wood fired a slip covered piece before so this will be a nice experiment. Lastly my lovely lady is coming along quite nicely. She’s missing shoulders, arms, feet, hands, and a head but those will go on as soon as her legs and upper body become stiffer. Also I’ve been making sure she has all the holes in her so she won’t explode like a previous project from over the summer did.
So last week was productive but not the greatest. Got the upper torso and bottom of my sculpture thrown as well as the cushion she is suppose to set on hand built. Unfortunately the 4 leg and 4 arm sections I needed to throw were proving more difficult to accomplish since they need to be tall thin cylinders and sadly that’s just not in my skill set right now. I will need to work on it if I want to throw body parts on the wheel for future sculptural pieces. I also made a scale bowl for the wood fire kiln as well as another oval bowl that will have line work in it. I don’t know how that one will turn out in the wood fire but we’ll see. Also I found a article for our next project. It had to do with embellishments on pieces so I’m thinking about working with texture and bright colors for this next project.