Slab Tray Project
My trays are used to hold pieces of various foods, ideally small pieces. In order to reflect this,I tried to decorate all my trays with a food theme in mind, even if some trays are more abstract than the others. In order to come up with this idea, I performed a ritualistic summoning of Satan, and sacrificed to him five small children. He then told me to theme my art project about food. This process involves rolling out a slab of clay, forming into a dish/bowl/etc., and then firing it and glazing it with either overglazes or underglazes.
I also learned there is a ghost in Suds's room that decided it was a good idea to take one of my pieces, and crack another one of my pieces. Because of this little bugger, I am missing an in progress photo, and my final piece, so don't fail me plz:)
My piece, although not super successful, was a nice color and kinda followed the general shape of a whale. One of the difficulties I found while working on this project was the plaster dried WAY TOO DAMN FAST. Also, I inhaled, like, my own weight in plaster dust, which broke my throat, vocal cords, and soul for, like, 72 hours. I ultimately decided to leave this project unfinished because I like myself. Also, it was reeeeally ugly.
The Reason I Cry Myself To Sleep Every Night And Also A picture of Me Making The Ugliest Face I Could Possibly Have Whilst Stifling Bloody Tears While On The Pottery Wheel.
Masking Tape Shoes
The process of sculpting with masking tape is a long one. It starts with cutting out index in simple shapes, such as a sole of a shoe, then building tape off of the base with masking tape. In my piece, I like how my taping job is neat and uniform, especially in the laces. However, I thought I could have shaped the shoe better and payed attention to the proportions more.
For this project, I was given hot glue gun sticks as a medium. I had a lot of trouble deciding what I wanted to do, which made it hard to work with. After a lot of collaboration from my friends, I decided to try to make a waffle and use the glue as syrup. I actually really like this piece, and although the process wasn't entirely without issues, I think the end result is very satisfactory. Admittedly,my last experience with clay and glaze was less than great, but because of this project, I would be more than happy to work with these mediums again.
There are two ways of making pit fired pieces: slab and coil. The process of slabbing consists of creating flat plates of clay and slipping them together to make pointed 3D shapes. The process of coiling consists of forming long tubes of clay, molding them into desired shapes, and stacking them on top of each other. I feel like my piece was relatively successful because it feel and looks smooth. However, if I did this project again, I would make the final look more like the sketch. Along the way, I strayed from the plan I originally had, and I regret it now.
We were given a lot of freedom with this project, so I was initially unsure of what to make. I decided to make a cake simply because i was craving It XD. I like that I created a clear separation between the icing portions and the cake portions of the picture. If I were to do this project again, I would try to do something more challenging. I honestly didn't spend a lot on time on this project, and I regret this because sculpting with cardboard is such a new concept for me.
For this project, we were given the word "nature" as a prompt to sculpt after. I decided to engrave various leaves and foliage. I like the colors I chose for this piece, specifically the flower. I think the bright colors help it stand out from the rest of the tile. If I were to do this again, I would try to be more careful in carving into the clay. If examined closely, the tile reveals many rigid edges and bumpy surfaces. Finally, I picked the bird of paradise flower because it is my favorite flower, and I wanted to see what I could make out of it.
Inspired Artist: Zim and Zou
Zim and Zou are a duo of artists that have devoted themselves to the fine the arts of sculpting with paper. These French workers are stationed in Nancy, France. Their works are particularly inspiring to me because each and every piece is so unique. The concept of paper sculpting is relatively new to me to begin with, but their works have such an ethereal aura to them, that I found myself immediately drawn to them. I really admire the vibrant colors and how even when two pieces follow the same theme, both of them still have their own unique layouts and flairs. This uniqueness makes every sculpture shine as brightly, if not more brightly, than the last.
Texture 1: Rock Face
I started this mini-project by trying to sculpt the rock face. I didn't think this was as difficult as the other two, however I still had a handful of problems. Many problems presented themselves like being unable to create intricate textures.
Texture 2: Clouds
After attempting to create a rock face, I tackled the challenge of creating clouds. I found this one particularly difficult for the same reasons I found the rock face difficult. I didn't end up with as many details as I wanted.
Texture 3: Fur
This texture proved to be by far the most challenging because of how fine and detailed individual hairs are. Even though I had access to a slew of tools, I struggled to create the same intricacies that are in real fur.