Final !!!!!

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Beginning Ceramics
Final Project
Throughout this class, you have gained both technical and conceptual skill as they are applied to the ceramic medium. Your final project is a chance to highlight your strengths, delve deeper into your interests and showoff your mastery of the material. For this final, you will choose one of the projects below.
Ceramics history and contemporary making very much answers the questions of function. Your assignment is to make a table setting for 4-6 people using your wheel throwing skills. Making functional work is really exciting when you have a specific purpose or favorite food you will be serving. You will create a menu for a specific meal, you need to consider what the food stuffs will be and make appropriate tableware for this meal. You must consider the use and aesthetics of the forms. Your research for this assignment MUST include sketches and ideas both of form and surface. A set can be various forms decorated in a similar way or a set can be various decoration on exactly the same forms. Decide the menu, determine the various forms and highly consider how the food will look in this set! Look at various potters' work to influence and help you decide your forms and surfaces. Your set must include 10 pieces.

2) Sculpture
Perhaps you were more drawing to the handbuilding techniques and the sculptural presence of work. For this project, you will use the wheel simply as a tool to create forms that will then be the components to a handbuilt sculpture. Maybe you are interested in the figure, or abstract sculpture engaging space or questioning some aspect of our culture. This is your opportunity to be really creative and express an idea that you find important. Your sculpture must include 10 thrown components to make the larger form (but will not be limited to just those/you have the freedom to handbuild other components to complete your composition).

**Which ever you decide, you MUST write a one page proposal of what your idea is. Include scale, forms, concept, etc. Include how you think you plan to resolve the surface. This one page proposal is DUE Nov 19

Revised Schedule !!

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Intro to Ceramics : Second Half Of Semester Schedule (Revised)

Thr Oct 31: Studio Work Day
Demo Vases/Vertical Forms

Tue Nov 5: Due: 4 Cylinders (your 4 best at your goal height)+ 4 Bottles/Vases/ Vertical
Surface Discussion
Demo Bowls

Thr Nov 7: Due: Glazed Big Pot - Load Kiln
Studio Work Day (PRACTICE BOWLS!!)
Natalie in Louisville for Symposium

Tue Nov 12: Due: 3 Cylinders (your best 3 ) + 6 bowls (2 small, 2 med, 2 large)
Demo: Trimming Feet

Thr Nov 14: Field Trip to Northern Clay
Studio Work Day

Tue Nov 19: Due: 12 small cylinders for cups + 2 (your best 2) Tallest cylinders
Intro to Final Project

Thr Nov 21: Demo: Handles & Attachments
Studio Workday

Tue Nov 26: Due: 12 handled cups & Initial Sketches Ideas for Final
Studio Workday

Thur Nov 28: No Class - Happy Thanksgiving!

Tue Dec 3: Studio Work Day (LAST WET DAY !!)

Thr Dec 5: Studio Work Day - Finish Trimming/Decorating etc. for final bisque.

Tue Dec 10: Last day of Instruction load glaze kiln.

Thr Dec 12: Study day/Studio Day
Studio Clean Up

Final Exams Dec 13-19th : Final Critiques TBD

Arts 2801 Introduction to Ceramics
Project # 3 Historical Pot with Contemporary Surface.
DUE: Oct 22nd.

As we begin to transition into the wheel throwing portion of the course, it is important to understand ceramic history in relation to the form of a pot. Reaching into the depths of ceramic history, you will discover the many ways a vessel (pot) can tell a story. Researching historical pottery, you will see how they function as a mode of understanding culture. This next project will require two distinct parts of research.

Part One: Due Thurs, Oct 10. You will research various historical pottery forms. Pay attention to the forms. Look at the various direction changes, details of the rim, feet, swelling of the "belly", handles and various attachments. Once you find three that you are interested in - print them out, individually. I highly recommend printing them out as large as possible (a full sheet of paper), it will make the next steps much easier. Try to find three very different shapes, we will discuss which ones will be easier to build. In addition to printing out your images, locate some cardboard. Try to find the largest piece you can. Bring in these images, the cardboard and a ruler to class on Thursday.

Part Two: Due Thurs Oct 17. You will replicate the form to scale. It will be easiest to build this through coil building techniques. You all should be really good at building by now, so replicating this form shouldn't be too difficult. We will all make templates from the cardboard that will really help the building. Your final forms should stand approx 2 ft tall.

Part Three: Initial Sketchbook Ideas Due Oct 15th.You will use this opportunity to create a narrative, use figurative motifs, or ideas of the human persona or images from society and comment on our contemporary culture. Your surface will address today's politics, pop culture or social issues that concern you. Of course a combination of these would be interesting. (This pot will stand approx. 2 feet tall) Your surface decoration will be due on Oct 22 - the project due date. Your inspiration for images and text need to be cumulated in YOUR SKETCHBOOK. I will be looking to see the beginning of this research on OCT 15 - drawings, newspaper articles, magazine images, etc. All of this should be in your sketchbook.

This project will require research on your part, both historical and contemporary sources. Have fun with this idea - Not everything has to be an outright serious stance! And it does not have to be overtly obvious, it is more interesting to discover the relevance through investigation of the work and various layers of meaning.

Project #2 - Shift of Scale

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Project #2 Shift of Scale

Now that you have an even better understanding of how clay works when you handle it, how it behaves when it dries and how to problem solve through your construction (both it's challenges and ease of manipulation) you are ready to take on this next project.

In order to continue to think through understanding the 3 dimensional form - this project with push you to be looking at, analyzing and understanding objects in the round while challenging your building skills in a little larger scale.

Each of you will have a choice for this project. You can either choose to work organically or inorganically/architecturally. Your problem set is to find an object, recreate it in clay but shift the scale.

Your choices are:

A) Choose an object from nature. Something relatively small that can be held in your hand. It should have curves, details and intricate surfaces. You will recreate this much larger than its natural size.

B) Choose and object or structure that is human made. This should be something fairly large, something that can't fit in our classroom. It should have various geometric elements, arches, or straight lines and edges. You will recreate this much smaller than its natural size.

Whichever you choose, you must build in clay to meet a 20 inch in any direction criteria.
You will also have to include some smaller component of the opposite building or design technique. For instance, if you recreate a bug - perhaps you build a small pedestal (with architectural techniques) for it to be displayed on. If you recreate your family's barn, perhaps it is set up against some rolling hills or a river bank.

Start gathering ideas. SKETCH SKETCH SKETCH in your SKETCHBOOK!!! print out images that inspire you. Bring in found objects that you are attracted to or think would be interesting at a different scale. This research step is CRITICAL for your success.

I don't want to see just lame (quickly drawn with no rendering pencil sketches that were obviously done the few minutes before class) type of drawings....

Have some research to discuss on Tues after our Critique.

An extension has been granted for the first project. Those of you needing a little more time now have another weekend!! Those of you who were thinking you were close to completion, now have the great opportunity to really draw out your ideas more or get more detailed on the surface! Don't waste this precious time, use it to make your project awesome!!

This will be the grading rubric for your projects in the handbuilding section of this course:

Each project will be worth a total of 10 points - the breakdown is as follows....

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!!

Project Assignment #1

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Arts 2801 Intro to Ceramics

Using your newly developed skills and techniques, you will construct an object that is a "Container". This container will reference you (your experiences/your interests/ your place in time). This personal reference can be about your general past, a specific present moment or memory, or your imagined future. You can use the idea of a "container" literally or metaphorically (a box, jar, bowl is a container... but so is a shoe, a bed or a country). This project can contain ideas of memory and nostalgia or futuristic design, invention and hope, all while telling the viewer something about yourself. *The more layered information, the more interesting visually.

The overall piece should be a minimum of 16 inches in any one direction and can use one method of construction or more as necessary.

Surface should be addressed with slips, and texture as you feel will help the piece portray your ideas.

Initial Sketches for this idea is due in your Sketchbook on THURS SEPT 12

Finished Project (leatherhard or greenware with surface slips and underglazes applied) is DUE for Critique on THURS SEPT 19

Welcome to our class BLOG

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I decided it would be helpful for communication, dispersement of texts, assignments and updates to use a paperless system. This site will be where I will post any readings as pdfs, or links to other sites etc.

This will be helpful for everyone.

Right now this is our only post .... so far!!!