Monday, March 31, 2014

Raku Firing: Clay Lanterns

John Shirley - Group of 3 pierced vessels, 2012
PROBLEM: Create TWO functional pierced pottery forms [decorative lantern or bowl] using design skills, slabs, and textures using proper slab-building techniques to create structures.

PROCESS: 
  1. Cut out a paper template for 10" form using no more than 6 pieces
  2. Cut out of a clay slab, assemble, reinforce inside corners with coils, refine craft, and cut out shapes to create a unified structure with holes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pottery Wheel Links + Q's

Directions: Complete questions to follow based on videos and glossary provided below.




WHEN WHEEL THROWING…

  1. HOW SHOULD THE CLAY BE POSITIONED ON THE WHEEL?



  1. HOW SHOULD THE CLAY BE FORMED TO BEGIN?                                     



  1. WHAT CLAY STAGE EASIEST TO WORK WITH?



  1. WHICH CLAY STAGES ARE THE LEAST IDEAL TO WORK WITH?



  1. HOW SHOULD YOUR ARMS BE POSITIONED?



  1. HOW SHOULD YOUR HANDS BE POSITIONED?

  1. WHICH BASIC MUSCLES ARE USED IN THE PROCESS?




  1. WHAT IS THE IDEAL WALL THICKNESS FOR A WHEEL THROWN VESSEL?




  1. LIST FIVE TEXTURE TECHNIQUES POSSIBLE WITH WHEEL THROWN POTTERY:

  1. HOW THICK SHOULD THE BOTTOM OF THE VESSEL BE ON THE WHEEL BEFORE SLICING OFF WITH A WIRE CUTTER?

*Allow vessel to dry out to leather hard, turn upside down and trim underside to create a foot, hollow out thickness, and eliminate sharp edges.

  1. EXPLAIN THE PROCESS OF TAKING YOUR VESSEL OFF THE WHEEL:

  1. NAME AND DRAW SEVERAL TOOLS USED TO MAKE WALLS CLEANER & STRAIGHTER.








  1. LIST ALL MATERIALS NECESSARY FOR THE WHEEL THROWING PROCESS
    1.  

  1. EXPLAIN STEPS TOWARDS CLEANING UP THE WHEEL

  1. LIST FIVE TIPS OR TECHNIQUES YOU LEARNED FROM THIS VIDEO
    1.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

C+S1 | Pottery Set [pinch, coil, +slab]

project objective: Create TWO unique & unified vessels using the pinch or slab technique. Each piece in the set must show harmonious textures on the interior & exterior with a 1/2 inch foot on the bottom.

references:    view pottery set slide show         pottery set lesson
Check out work below and linked to names of emerging ceramic artists Caroline ZamaWilliam Aley, & others on Ceramics Monthly & nceca.net  for ideas!   

Why do we care about design + function? watch video here

   
   

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

C+S2 ENTRY PROJECT | Chair Design [form+function]

objective: Design and fabricate a 6+ inch clay chair representative of your style, interests, and previous knoledge in ceramic arts.
 
Add one additional sculptural object to personalize design - make a story out of 3D Art!


Studio Process:
  1. Research chair designs
  2. Draw from 3 angles in sketchbook
  3. Create 3D 6+ inch design out of clay

Reflection - Concept: PART 1 
  • WHAT... did you make? is the function? does it look like?
  • WHY... did you make it? is your inspiration or subject? is your additional sculptural element? is the story?
  • WHO... is your audience? would like this based on its design and subject?
  • WHERE... would you use this chair? is a space that is most fit for the function + form?
  • HOW... will you improve the work in the last few studio days? will you glaze the piece to complement the form + concept?

Reflection - Criteria: PART 2
  • CRAFTSMANSHIP + TECHNIQUE
    • Is all biqueware (white fired clay) covered with paint?
    • What type of style is the mark making (gestural, neat, minimalist, expressive, rustic). Does it look like an intentional application of pigment?
  • DEPTH + DETAIL
    • What is the background color and aesthetic?
    • What is the foreground color, details, or textures? What more could be added for interest?
  • IMPROVEMENTS + SUCCESSES!
    • List one or more suggestions towards improving the work before turning in.
    • Share two or more successful attributes to this project.

Monday, January 6, 2014

C+S1 Entry Project: Paper Sculpture

 
 

PROJECT: Create a 6x6 inch ABSTRACT (simplified or distorted) 3D PAPER SCULTURE inspired by a theme that is meaningful to you. Demonstrate your understanding of the objectives below through planning, risk taking, design, original subject, technique, studio process, and articulation about your work.                     

Artichokes, paper sculptureMATERIALS: 4 sheets 8x10 tag board, glue, rulers, scissors, box cutter, templates
 
 
PLANNING: Research artists and subjects of interest, staple visuals for reference, review studio process and draw your ideas before sculpting.
ARTIST REFERENCES: Louise Nevelson, Valerie Buess, Alexander Calder
Altered Book ideasview paper relief sculpture galleryview 3D sculpture gallery
 


Art Altered Book Sculpture - folded Book paper Sculpture - Recycled Book - Eco friendly  Kusudama ELECTRA with flowers Hanging hot air balloon - paper sculpture / room decor / mobile
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

C+S FINAL EXAM: Artist Statement + Presentation

Sample Artist Statements: Maya Lin    Suzanne Zimmerman portfolio site  artist statement
Hear 3D artists talk about their work: Art 21 Video: Structures

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST STATEMENT
Respond to the following questions about your artwork. Write this composition in paragraph form using specific examples and art vocabulary in 1,000+ words.

1.    Content  what?
a. What is the title and medium of your work?
b. What type of form did you create (be specific)? What is its purpose/function?
c.  Analyze: What does the piece look like (Elements of Art: color, size, form, texture, value, space, shape, line)?

2.    Process & Materials  how?
a.  Sculpture or Ceramic Process (wheel, hand building: slab, coil, pinch pot, etc.)?
b.  Surface Treatment (gloss glaze, under glaze, paint, sgraffito, incising, etc.)?
c.   Materials used for this project?

3.    Concept  why?
a.  What is the mood of the work?
b.  What is the message?
c.   How do you benefit from this piece? How does the public benefit?

4.    Art History & Inspiration  who, where, when?
a. What artists, objects, and other sources inspire your work?
b. Address whether this piece fits into a larger collection (body) of work
c. What will you do next in your artistic experience? Will you continue with these mediums and/or ideas?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Artist Inspired Cup | FINAL PROJECT FA2013

Black French Bulldog Ceramic Mug Coffee Cup Gifts Hand Painting 00011objective: Research a contemporary artist to inspire an original cup design.
 
Incorporate your style with that of your artist showing excellent craft in a piece of functional art. Combine an original form, unique surface treatment, and handle in a visually engaging and exciting design solution.
resources:  SOFA artists    contemporary ceramic artist list     research + sketches handout   CUP examples    project presentation
 
deadlines:
GREENWARE CUP [on cart]: Friday 12.6 75 pts
GLAZED CUP [on cart]: Wednesday 12.11 25 pts

FIRED CUP 50 pts, ARTIST STATEMENT 20 pts, + CRITIQUE 10 pts : @Final Exam

Monday, November 11, 2013

SOFA | Exhibiting Ceramic Artists

Here is just a glimpse of the exciting ceramics
to be exhibited at this year's 20th SOFA CHICAGO!

Steven Lee, Jar
with Birds & Butterflies
Duane Reed Gallery
Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago), exhibiting in her
20th SOFA CHICAGO, will showcase artists
Cristina Córdova, Pavel Amromin, Esther Shimazu,
Peter Hayes, Jerilyn Virden and Jacob Foran.

Barry Friedman Ltd. (New York) offers a group
show of works in ceramics featuring Akio Takamori,
Tip Toland, Alev Siesbye, and Kondo Takahiro, among
others.

Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe) will present pieces from
 the first ever collaboration between Tlingit glass artist
Preston Singletary and Santa Clara Pueblo potter
Jody Naranjo.

TEAPOT PREP: Choose a contemporary ceramic artist to INSPIRE A TEAPOT DESIGN
1) Explore the exhibit and reference the list of SOFA exhibitors and Lillstreet 
Gallery exhibitors linked here.
2) Print out a photo of one artwork you'll use to inspire your design, including the artists' 
name and gallery.
3) REFLECT on the show + SKETCH ON SOFA WORKSHEET showing an original teapot design with your artist's style in mind.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pottery Wheel Pointers


                                                                                    view part 2 of video
 STAGES OF THROWING
1. WEDGE
2. CENTER
3. OPEN
4. PULL
5. SHAPE
Video: Centering, Throwing and Trimming Tips From an Expert Potter by Robin Hopper
Video: Tips for Throwing Strong and Sound Bowls on the Pottery Wheel by Pamela Theis
  1. Throw 2 CYLINDERS on the wheel [20 pts ea] working for 5 studio days [5 pts ea].
  2. Cut cylinder in half and show teacher for credit: even vertical 1/4" walls and flat bottom, level lip, right angle corner, clean clay and wheel head.

C+S 1 | Layered Vessel [sculptural pottery]


OBJECTIVE: Create a vessel built from layered pieces of clay covered in texture. Focus on negative space + movement when building upwards from a base. Consider adding functional elements such as a handle, foot, lid, or spout. You will add a glaze wash at the end to accentuate textures and unify the composition.

REFERENCES:  3D Bulldog GallerySample Vase Designs   Vase Forms   


   


Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Friday, October 4, 2013

C+S1 | Abstract Sculpture


OBJECTIVE  Design + construct a 10 inch abstract three-dimensional sculpture inspired by a song using original imagery, negative space, texture, and detail.                                   project lesson + sketches


VOCABULARY
abstract art Simplified or distorted imagery
realistic art - Imagery that looks an existing object or scene
sculpture - Non-functional three-dimensional form (activate space, multiple sides, in the round)
pottery - Functional containers that can 'hold' something; useful
texture - Surface treatment created in clay by carving back, pressing in, or adding on pieces
concept/inspiration - Use of a subject or symbolism to represent an idea in a piece of art

REFERENCES   ABSTRACT SCULPTURE PRESENTATION
PietMondrian, Henri Matisse, Henry MoorePablo Picasso, Contemporary Art

PLANNING + SKETCHES  Choose a song, draw symbols related to its message, beat, or mood, design a 3D form showing simplified and distorted imagery.

STUDIO PROCESS
 sculpture demos: additive process    detail + texture    figurative    posing figure
1. To practice, make a maquette (tiny model) of your form using a tennis ball sized piece of clay. Build solid and use it as a 3D sketch for reference when building large sculpture.

2. Get approval on maquette and create a 3D large scale sculpture (10+ in) following the steps below.
    1. Use slabs, coils, and pinching , then attach pieces by scoring and slipping.
    2. Build solid, then carve out from bottom OR cut in half, carve out, + reattach for walls that are even ¼ inch thickness.
    3. Poke a needle sized hole in bottom for trapped air to escape
    4. Create textures (surface treatment) and build/carve details on at least ½ the surface.
    5. Clean up craft once leather hard and carve initials on bottom.