This is my punny teapot! It is a multi wheel since I had to make the body, spout and lid separately and then attach them all. It was really fun to make this teapot but it was also a LOT of work and I had to go through the struggle of reattaching the letters and the glaze being way too thin. But I am excited that I have a teapot now that is completely functional and can strain the tea and is even purple, which is one of my favorites. It has a sort of whimsical mood because of the shade of purple as well as the pun (hehe). I have used it a few times and plan on showing it off in my dorm room next year.
I don't really know what to call this but I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I know I'm supposed to be getting away from just carving into the clay but I think that if I carve into it with this much detail it should be allowed. This was the second porcelain project that I brought home to carve as a break from AP studying. It has a sort of friendly but relaxed mood. The design is supposed to be complex and catch the eye but my use of blues here is intended to make the project seem chill and calm. I've been playing with this shape a lot lately too and I really like it. The way the clay itself has a sharp edge to it (the lip). I don't do that with many projects but I like the way this one turned out so I'll probably try it again sometime.
This is an extra mug that I made. The fun story around this mug is that during the craziness of AP week I just wanted to be able to do ceramics in between hours of studying but since I didn't have a ceramics wheel, I decided to bring home a couple porcelain projects and some tools so that I could just carve out some designs to relax my mind. I love how this mug turned out. The metallic brown glaze separated into its components when it was fired so some of it looks irony red and some of it is greenish like copper. The feeling of this mug is supposed to be very resigned. There's strong lines, lots of contrast and a combination of abstract and shapes. I like the way the dark colors look on the porcelain. It makes the whole piece stand out. This is one of my favorite designs that I've done yet.
This is my lidded project! It's made of porcelain and I used a ball tool to create a nice pattern of dots which when fired created an effect where the bottom glaze (in this case white) bubbled to the top when it was glazed and created this legit faded, blobby, dotted look. I feel like the mood of this piece is almost spiritual? That sounds really arrogant (my projects make people see God), but in all honesty this project makes me think of when you stare up at the stars on a really clear night but you start to get tired and they all fade together in beautiful swirls and blurry lights. It's a serene mood. A calm sense of safety. And I'm excited I found out about this technique, now I can use it on more projects!
This is an extra porcelain bowl! The design wasn't really intentional....I shall explain. This bowl was extremely frustrating. I wasn't really happy with the way it turned out in general (it's really thick, I footed it poorly, etc). And then when I went to glaze it the blue/grey glaze I like was SUPER thick. I didn't really care until it started chipping off which is when I got REALLY annoyed, took a carving tool and scratched all the chipping sections off. And then I put clear in the cracks and voila. I think the mood of this piece is sort of numbing. When I look at it I think of storm clouds and tiredness. Maybe when I look at it I still see all the frustration I went through, but it's funny that that frustration somewhat translated into the art. I think that's both amazing and completely obvious.
This is my wheel altered! It's a bowl with bent edges to create a wavelike effect around the outside. It's made with porcelain which you can sort of tell due to the shininess and white edges around the outside. This is obviously not my best project but I still learned a lot from it. It's weird, when someone is in class and their project gets really off center or the top collapses someone near them will be like "That sucks, just make it a wheel altered!". So to me, wheel altered projects were always the screw ups. The ones that didn't turn out the way you planned. This one came about exactly the same way though! I messed up with recycled porcelain, got annoyed, messed with the edges and then gave it a crappy glaze job. But the weird thing is that even though I put no effort into this project, I still really like it. I like the way the blue looks with the twisting shape. I like the way the twisting shape reminds me of waves. I love how calm light blue makes me feel. So I guess I learned with this project that art is art. It doesn't always make sense.
This is my extra porcelain cat cup! It's only 3 inches tall but I love it. It's made of porcelain glazed with red and pink underglaze cats stamped into its surface along with clear over the top. Its art element is cuteness of course and the stamp's non-perfectness gives it a nice cute sort of character. It sits in my room and I smile whenever I see it :)
The three of these are porcelain cylinders which I have dubbed my "Henna cups" because of the designs on them. None of them are very tall , the tallest being 4 inches and the shortest being 3 inches. But what they lack in height they make up in design. I fell in love with some henna tattoo designs on the internet a few weeks ago and wanted to see how they would look on clay. I knew it would take a while to draw and carve them but it was worth it. I wanted to combine the pristine white surface of the porcelain with the bold lines of underglaze on the designs. I tried different colors but I think I like the black the best because it has the most contrast. The overall feeling that these exemplify is a peaceful pondering. I like the way complex designs like these are actually extremely simple when you look at each component of them. It mimics life in a way that the most complicated situations can have the simplest solutions. Overall I'm very happy with the way these turned out! I like them better than my first set of three! And I found out that I really like doing things in sets like this... Maybe I'll do more!
This is a porcelain bowl that I made as an extra wheel project. It is 6 inches wide and 5 inches tall. I loved throwing with the porcelain because it was so smooth and fragile but also resilient. With this project I wanted to take pride in the natural white color of the porcelain which made me think of innocence and purity so I glazed it with bright, cheerful colors to keep that theme in mind. The main technique I used to make this was throwing with porcelain. I love the way this bowl turned out with the paint strokes viable and the smooth shininess of the porcelain. It's so beautiful.