Art Update: Ceramics I

I already shared about half of my ceramics earlier on during the semester.  We ended up doing two firings, so I shared the first firing, but not the second.  You can see the works from the first firing here.  I really enjoyed ceramics.  I caught on to hand-building pretty quickly.  The vase I made (13 inches tall) was thinner than most hand-thrown vases, which is actually pretty difficult to do.  I was really excited when we finally started on the wheel.  Unfortunately, although I made some decent bowls/vases/cups, I am definitely going to put a lot more time into really learning how to use the wheel.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  That said, I really loved ceramics.  There is something unique and fun and enjoyable about making things with your hands that painting and drawing just don’t compete with.  I liked it so much, in fact, that I am going to concentrate in ceramics.

Here is my second firing:

13" Tall Handbuilt Vase
13″ Tall Handbuilt Vase
medium vase
Small bud vase
colorful ice cream bowl
Medium ice cream bowl (my favorite!)
Medium shallow bowl
Medium shallow bowl
Plant Pot
Plant Pot
Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers
Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers
Bowl, figure mug, cover: Functional figure sculpture
Bowl, figure mug, cover: Functional figure sculpture
set of 3 ice cream bowls
Set of 3 small ice cream bowls
Set of 3 small mugs (actually 4, but one wasn't fired until after I left college for the school year)
Set of 3 small mugs (actually 4, but one wasn’t fired until after I left college for the school year)
small bowl
Small bowl
Small bud vase
Small bud vase
Small catchall bowl
Small catchall bowl
Small bud vase
Small bud vase
Small vase/bowl
Small vase/bowl
Small catchall bowl
Small catchall bowl

I can’t wait until next year, when I will be able to create more, more complex, and larger items.

And that concludes all of the artwork I have made this school year.  When I actually had everything out at once recently, I realized how much I actually made.  I can’t wait to learn and make more next year!

Art Update: Painting I

I have posted some pictures of some of the art work I’ve done over the past school year, but I thought that now that I am done for the year, I could now do a series of posts of all of the artwork I did this year. I’d do just one big post, but that would be a ton of photos, so I’ll break it up by class, starting with Painting I.

I liked Painting I quite a bit, but didn’t like that painting didn’t come as easily to me as drawing and printmaking had.  I’m pretty happy with most of my finished paintings, so in the end I enjoyed it, but it was a bit of a struggle to stay motivated throughout the class.

Our first assignment was to choose a Manet flower painting and copy it, changing or adding one thing.  I chose to change the background color, which was much more difficult than I had originally thought it would be.

manet flowers

Our next assignment was to take three objects, create an interesting arrangement, take a photograph, and then use that photograph as the basis of our painting.  I chose to use my violin, my sketchbook, and a spool of thread, to symbolize the things that are often forgotten when I am productive in other areas of my life.  Those things that I no longer “have time for”.  It is titled “The Casualties of Productiveness”.

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Our third assignment was to choose a historic nude painting, crop it to our liking, then reproduce it, adding a tattoo of our choice.  I chose Bouguereau’s Biblis and added a feather tattoo, primarily because it seemed to fit the space I wanted to place the tattoo in the best.  I think this was my best painting all year.

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For our final assignment, we could paint anything we wished, but were encouraged to push the limits in terms of originality/content.  After much thought, I decided to do a political piece about eminent domain and the reservoirs in my area (which provide clean drinking water to millions of people living in New York City but have negatively affected my area and town on a very large scale).  I had written a 10-page research paper on the reservoirs and eminent domain my freshman year of college and it is something I care a lot about.  The image is of an abandoned house underwater, symbolizing the homes’, and thus the lives of the people who lived there, destruction.  There is a tattered American flag, which symbolizes the freedom taken away from the thousands of people forced to move and give up their livelihoods for “the greater good”, despite other options (if you’d like to learn more about New York City’s reservoirs, I encourage you to read Liquid Assets by Diane Galusha).

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And that’s it!  Next up: Sculpture I.