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.

week seven

the soda kiln finally fired!!! after a little bit of a set back with the cone packs, charlyn and i fired all the way thru this evening. we are hoping to unload around thursday morning. i am so excited to see what my glaze tests turned out like. i am also excited to see how the various combinations i tried came out.

i am content with the amount of vessels i have made for my crit and space lab show. i think that i want to include some of my pots for this crit. this week i have really missed making strictly functional work. i plan to start back up on the wheel and push more forms and sizes. i think i want to focus on vases and plates for a moment…not that they are entirely related.

week six

i did not get as much studio time this week as i wanted, but i still made a bit of progress. i am pushing my cloud forms a little further and think that they are developing well. i haven’t done much on the mountain forms but i will pick back up on those this week.

i glazed for the soda kiln and i am excited for those results. i used satin black, monica’s sea foam, rutile green, and celadon. it feels good to focus on just a few glaze combinations so that i can keep track of how my pots end up. i miss throwing quite a bit right now so i am going to make more time to do that as i hand build for projects in class.

week five

this week i will firing the soda kiln with charlyn. this firing is more of a test and practice so that i can see what my clay bodies and glazes will do in the firing. i am really hoping to get some nice blues and whites with flashing and crackling.

i am digging deeper into this body of work and trying to find new ways i can push my theme of distorted memory. i am also looking at the impact of my childhood on the person i am today. it feels nice to step away from pots for a minute to explore other ways of building and making. i am enjoying the forms and vessels i create through this.