FINAL !!!!

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Intermediate Handbuilding


You will have an option for your final project.

1) Ceiling/Wall/Floor - Installation art is an important facet of contemporary ceramics. For this final you will create an installation using ceramics. You must understand and pay attention to the space in which your are creating. You will engage the two of the three options - Floor/Ceiling, Ceiling/Wall, Floor/Wall or all three (if you choose). You can use mixed media in this project. However, I want you to think about what you are doing and WHY. Write a proposal ( a one page of what your ideas are and how you plan to proceed). Keep in mind that you can use unconventional spaces (not crit/gallery walls... a true installation in my opnion considers and pays attention to the conditions of the space as conceptual material components to the work.... Work that is just hung is still sculpture!)

2) Project of your own design: Perhaps you have had an idea all semester that you were so wanting to try out. Now is the time. You must write a One Page Proposal describing your idea, what you plan to use (materials) , how you plan to fire (clay and temperature) and what the Conceptual Framework is.

3) Project 2.0 - Maybe one of the projects you already completed this semester really engaged you. Perhaps you are really excited to work with the narrative/figurative again. Maybe you are excited about handbuilt tableware, or want to try performance/process. Revisting ideas is one of the best ways to push that work forward. You can choose to do this. However, you will not be remaking your original piece, instead you will be making a second to a series. Write a one page proposal that describes your ideas and how you plan to execute them.

** Remember, this is a handbuilding class. Your projects should be primarily handbuilt. ** (ie if your are going to make a new tableware set, you will NOT be using the wheel)

Also, this is your final - you will have the most time to work on this- it should be evident in your final piece.

Revised Schedule !!!

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Intermediate Handbuilding Tentative Schedule:

Tue Oct 29: Work Day/ Install discussion

Tue Nov 5: Due: Artist Notebook
Lecture: Language/Multiple Project
Initial Ideas Due in Sketchbook

Thr Nov 7: Studio Work Day
Natalie in Louisville for Symposium / Anna Guest Artist

Tue Nov 12: Due: Artist Notebook
Studio Work Day
Intro Glaze Project

Thr Nov 14: Studio Workday

Tue Nov 19: Due: Artist Notebook
Due: Project #4 Language

Thr Nov 21: Due: Initial Sketches/Proposals for Final
Porcelain Demo
Studio Work Day

Tue Nov 26: Due: Artist Notebook
Due: Glaze Project for firing
Studio Work Day

Thur Nov 28: No Class - Happy Thanksgiving!

Tue Dec 3: Due: Artist Notebook
Studio Work Day (LAST WET WORK DAY!)

Thr Dec 5: Studio Work Day

Tue Dec 10: Due: Artist Notebook
Last day of Instruction Final Glaze

Thr Dec 12: Installation of Final Project Discussion and Planning

Final Critique: Dec 17-18-19. Specific Time TBD

Project #4 Language

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Intermediate Handbuilding
Art 3802

Project 4 Language/Text or the Multiple

There is a long history for the use of language/text in the visual arts. More recent art history shows us how language and text moved from an informational device, to a formal and conceptual tool, especially with conceptual artists and the fluxus movement.

Your goal is to utilize language/text as the conceptual basis or jumping off point for a piece.

Everyone loves sayings, quotes, colloquialisms, figures of speech, poems, psalms, something your grand-dad always said.

Decide on a piece of language, or a mode in which language is utilized to create a work that helps viewers understand it more fully, see it in a new way, subvert it, undo it, redo it etc etc etc. The language piece can be the start/inspiration to your piece and does not need to be on view in the final piece. In other words, written words may or may not be part of your final piece. Stretch yourselves and push the meaning of words to come up with something interesting.

Language is a code a series of repeated elements to make meaning. Perhaps you use of a repeated element (...hence, the multiple) brings us to understand a new visual or formal understanding.

Ceramics must be utilized in some way in this piece. It can be a stand alone sculpture, a mixed media installation, a wall piece, a floor piece whatever!!

Start drawing and coming up with ideas in your sketchbook.
Initial sketchbook ideas are due for discussion on Tues. Nov 5

Project Due: Nov. 19th

Project #3 Process Art/Mapping

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Intermediate Ceramics
Project #3 Process Art / Mapping

Process Art is exactly as it sounds--more about the process that created the work then the finished product. Process Art is most commonly understood as drawings. However, these drawings can be extrapolated into the expanded field of sculpture. Often the "drawing" that results is the residue or documentation of a specific action or set of criteria. Below are a number of artist who have created Process Art at some point within their career, as discussed in class and through your reading.

Your "task" is to come up with a process and/or set of criteria, more like a mechanic assembly, to reveal a new form/mark/scupture/drawing. Your process can be evident or more slowly revealed in the final piece.

This project is a lot more conceptual and I encourage you to really stretch you thinking and twist these ideas around to come up with some ideas that are exciting to you. Often times the residue of a process can be understood as a map. You can use map making as an accessible entry way into this idea.

I encourage you to be inspired by your own processes that may be important to you, however, you may choose to reference one the many artists who use process as a medium. Your challenge is to incorporate ceramics into this project. Clay has it's own very inherent processes, that could be utilized to enhance whatever ideas you are interested in. The size and final resolution of the piece should adhere to your idea, in other words the process should decide the materials and scale needed. For instance, the work may not need to be fired or it may be performative, or it may be an installation.

Starting Thinking, Writing, Sketching. Come up with some ideas (or the beginning of some ideas - we will talk about these ideas as a group to help flesh them out)
Due on Tues Oct 22 - Initial Ideas

Look at these artists:

William Anastasi

Andy Goldsworthy

Marcia Hafif

Eva Hesse

Michael Heizer

Richard Long

Sol LeWitt

Robert Morris

Richard Deacon (ceramics)

Kosho Ito (ceramics)

Wendy Tuxill (ceramics)

Reading - The Umwelt: From the Dog's Point of Nose

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the umwelt003.pdf

Chapter from Alexandra Horowitz book, Inside of A Dog

Project #2 The Umwelt

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As we begin our journey through the many various ways in which artist portray ideas with clay as their medium. We cannot overlook the rich history of figurative/narrative forms in clay. From the beginning of art history to contemporary approaches, artists have always interpreted life experiences, social issues, personal struggles, the humorous, the mystical, the political, the spiritual all through figurative work.

This next project, you will begin to tap into the narrative. When thinking about figurative ceramics, you can reference the human, the animal, the non-human to get at an issue or a story.

Your next project will be narrative. Begin to sketch out ideas of how you would like to use the figure in your work, what story, snapshot, incident, event are you referencing. It can be a sculpture that talks more universally about an idea, or very specific event. It can be serious, tragic, humorous, unreal. You can reference, literature, religion or comic books. You can use animals, humans, or furniture as your "characters". You can have one main character, or several - your overall piece in it's scale will be determined by your idea. We will be in discussion to hone in on your ideas so your composition is clear and relevant to your ideas.

I will be showing you images of various interpretations of the narrative in clay.

To begin - just brainstorm, think about what you are interested in, think about what frustrates you, think about issues or images that are important and what you think would be fun to create in clay.

Project Grading Rubric

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These are the components and point allotment for your projects. Each project (not including your final) will be worth a total of 10 points.

CONCEPT 2.5 pts total [.5 poor, 1 average, 1.5 good, 2 great, 2.5 excellent)
(what the working is 'saying', the ideas and intentions of the piece, the research thought and creativity put into the work)

COMPOSITION 2.5 pts total
(the formal /design concerns, the color, texture and overall 3D visual engagement)

CRAFT 2.5 pts. total
(the use and handling of materials, the skill development with the medium, the attention to details and construction of the piece, the presentation of the work for viewing, the overall effort put toward the making)

CONTRIBUTION 2.5 pts total
(the engagment and participation in the dialogue around works, both explaining and detailing your work verbally and contributing to the description of your peers)

Keep these things in mind while you are completing your piece!!

Artist Notebook Class Research Breakdown

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The Artist Notebook Research project is underway!! Everyone's participation this week gets us off to a great start. This one page research paper will be due every TUES, but not by everyone. The semester breaks down so that everyone will take turns - each week two of you will be responsible for contributing to the collection with another artist. Then you won't have to create the sheet for another month.

The guidelines from here on out:
- The artist must use ceramics in their work (but doesn't have to use clay entirely)
- Let's focus on sculptural forms and handbuilding techniques
- If you are interested in functional work/artists - they can only be hand builders!
- NO REPEATS!! The beginning of the semester will be easier... pay attention to who has
already been presented!!
- Young emerging artists, Older well established artists, international artists are all

Here's how the dates break down and the due dates for the info sheets...

Sept 17 : Madeline and Caleb
Sept 24 : Anders and Luke
Oct 1: Christina and Lwabeya and Rachel
Oct 8: Connor and Xuezi and Amy
Oct 15: Madeline and Caleb
Oct 22: Anders and Luke
Oct 29: Christina and Lwabeya and Rachel
Nov 5: Connor and Xuezi and Amy
Nov 12: Madeline and Caleb
Nov 19: Anders and Luke
Nov 26: Christina and Lwabeya and Rachel
Dec 3: Connor and Xuezi and Amy
Dec 12: Everyone

Cultural Event Assignment : Written Response Guidelines

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ARTS 3802 Intermediate Handbuilding Cultural Event Assignment:

Written Response Guidelines....

Whether you attend an art exhibition, music performance, film or lecture you will need to be able to respond on the event. This writing exercise is way for you to analyze the experience in relationship to your own artistic practice/sensibilities. It is not a formal research paper. Instead, it is a written critique using your own inferences and knowledge about art and how it affects you. It does need to be clear and well written.

Here are some guidelines on how to best respond in a written form.

- First, BRIEFLY describe what the event is - who the artist is and the context of the event.

- Then give a short summary of what you saw, experienced, learned, listened to etc. Describe the work formally: what was it (painting, sculpture, etc) What were the materials used the scale of the pieces, etc.

- Next, you will go into the meat of the response by describing your analysis of the work. What the CONTENT and CONCEPTS are. If you are writing about visual art, describe one or two pieces that stood out to you. Your descriptions should be written in relation to the formal properties (how the forms, colors, materials helped with the ideas!) Explain the use of the materials and how that helps inform you, the viewer, of certain information. READ artists statements, they are context clues as to the ideas/themes/concepts of the work.

If it is a music performance, try to follow the same guideline, thinking of music as material.

If a lecture, explain how what the artist was speaking about, their influences, processes and other info they give to better understand the content and concepts of their work.

If a film, watch think and react. Use specific scenes as individual pieces to backup your analysis of the concepts.

- Lastly, give an opinion. Do you think the ideas are interesting? Do you think the work was effective? How has this artist/event influenced the way you think about art and your own art practice? Or not? Hint, you don't always have to like the ideas or the work. Maybe you are interested in one and not the other. Write about how you felt about the work and ALWAYS explain WHY !!!

Online Ceramic Resources...

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Here is just a few websites that can be used to find an abundant of Ceramic Artists!

Schaller Gallery :
Crimson Laurel Gallery:
Blue Spiral Gallery:
Akar Gallery:
Plinth Gallery:
Lillstreet Gallery:
Northern Clay Center:
Baltimore Clayworks:
Penland School of Crafts:
Art Axis:
Access Ceramics:

This is just a few.... keep looking and find some new ones! If you find a great site, please share and post on this blog! Thanks All... Enjoy your weekend.