week one

this week i finished a large pot for a tree in my room which has been interesting to care for. i havé been very cautious with drying times and moving it around. this is the largest thing i havé made so i am eager to fire it. i am using a stoneware made for atmospheric firing and will be putting it in a soda firing.

for my apologia project, i have started to make wall hangings with my mountain forms. they can be used to hold air plants and regular smaller plants. i’m super excited to fire these and get them hanging. i’ve been wanting to make them for a while and think they will end up looking really nicely. for these, i am using a-clay which is a really nice grey in a reduction firing. i am excited to see how the glaze i’m using will fit through the crevices of the form.

along with this semester’s projects, i plan to start making a series based off of canonic jars. i want to do surface decoration with underglaze on these forms.

in printmaking, i just did my first relief prints of my collagraph plate. the plate is composed entirely of my hair that i have cut. seeing how this turned out has me very interested in printing on my forms. perhaps that is something that will appear in the near future…..

me w my in progress wall hanging print 1/2 print 2/2

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week fifteen

unloading the wood kiln this week was so sick. i was super happy with everything that came out. this year i was more aware of my clay body and glazes, making sure they were best in atmospheric firings. it definitely showed up in the pieces. i achieved a lot more flashing and a variety of colors that i enjoy. i got a lot of blues, greens, and purples which are my favorites. i only lost one bowl, which hurt but it just has me motivated to put more work in next semester. i am also exploring plans to build a wood kiln after i graduate. i most certainly feel more comfortable in atmospheric firing and i am motivated to push my forms for that.

week fourteen

this week was pretty productive for a having days off. i spent a decent amount of time in the studio working through different ideas i have had tossed around in my head. i’ve started making new pinch plates and vessels. i like form of a plate because it can be used in a variety of ways in the home. i’ve also been making vases from pinched forms that are a bit wonky. when i make these, i am thinking of the precarious forms found in nature- from rocks resting on top of each other to the shapes that bark makes when it breaks off a tree. i think i am going to push through with these ideas over break and maybe have them carry over into next semester. i want to make an intentional list of objects i want to create and refine. i feel slightly scattered right now, but very motivated to work through that.

week eleven

this week i am trying to get back into throwing. i have made a few bowls and vase forms. i want to start working on making mugs. i’m not sure if i want these to be thrown or hand built though. i havé really enjoyed hand building vessels and think that might be how i proceed.

i want to solidify some forms that i continuously throw like bowl shapes, planters, and bulbous vases. i really enjoy making these and enjoy using them. i am trying to make things that i use the most of in my own life so that i can have a deeper connection to my work. i think this is why i haven’t made a lot of mugs. i generally don’t drink anything with a mug so it doesn’t seem important to me to make…but it is important for me to be a successful potter.

week ten

first bfa crit was a success!! i felt really confident in my work when i saw it all displayed and placed together. my glazes have come together for form a nice pallet and my forms/functions seem to mesh well. i’m excited to push the ideas i havé with function and to continually grow my surfaces. some of the feedback i got is that it would be nice to see more pinching and hand building, which i found interesting. i enjoy hand building a lot, but i feel like i need to push further with my throwing currently, so i’m not sure exactly how i will approach this. outside of that, i did not receive a lot of feedback about my pots or anything else to do with them; instead there was a lot of focus on the bisque work i presented. the critique of that work included:

– finding a glaze that mimicked the surface of a mountain more

– including more variation in my shapes

– being more decisive with my forms and building

i am not sure exactly how i feel about everything because this small body of work was a bit of an exercise in sculpting and expression. i don’t think i want to make more of the forms? i didn’t have the intention of them being entirely realistic as i was forming the shapes and surfaces off of what i believe them to be rather than what they actually are. so i dunno.

regardless, i want to continue pursuing all forms of ceramic making and feel pretty solid in my work so far.

week nine

mishap with the soda kiln this week! as stressful as that was, i feel like it was a good reminder that things are not always going to go how we expect and we have to be able to improvise to meet deadlines and get our work done. i ended up glazing a lot of the cone 6 bisque work i had on my shelf, and it is in the kiln today. i have yet to fire any of the cone 6 stuff i havé made so i think this was a good push to get that done as well. along with the glaze firing, i started a bisque with my final pieces for distilling the complex form and my mountainous pieces. it feels nice to get those off my shelf and into a kiln. i am very excited for the kiln to be fixed so that i may complete those.

i am a little nervous about my critique this week. i think i want to touch on the idea of daily use/viewing and decorative functional wares. i am interested in spaces outside of the kitchen and would like to make things that fill those. vases, planters, larger vessels, smaller bottles, and wonky bowls are some of the pots that i think of the most. i enjoy the idea of whoever ends up with my pot having leniency to decide what they do with it.

week eight

the soda kiln reminded me why i love ceramics so much (not that i could forget). the results from the glaze combinations i used taught me a lot about what i’m looking for in some of my work. my glaze tests also had very promising and inspiring results. after this firing i have been more inclined to return to functional ware. i feel like my step into some sculptural vessels felt good and natural– i was making what i felt and experienced around me; and i will always be open to making things other than pots. i feel like i will always have a sort of back and forth in my practice depending on what i am processing at the time. i still have a lot of ideas for sculpture, but for now i’m making things for use.

currently, i am working on watering cans and planters for indoor pots. i am looking into the mental benefits of houseplants and thinking of living spaces with these forms. i am working on adding texture to my pots right now since i lack that in prior work.

soda kiln results. and a lil rat because i forgot another pic.