Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spring Semester: Week 5

Business as usual.  I've been noticing some interesting design elements, and quirky things around.  It makes me contemplate the importance of design or decoration, and whimsy in my work.  Playfulness is important, but should I be alluding to the darker background that I'm coming out of?  Perhaps with design choices I can increase the sense of ambiguity in my pieces. 
We had the NCECA sale today.  I think it went well.  Not sure how I feel about this new cone 6 Tenmoku.  I should have gone with more colorful glazes, but oh well.  Getting ready for empty bowls.  I need to get 10 to 20 of those thrown tomorrow.  Glaze Clac continues.  Doing line blends and starting Triaxials this week.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Spring Semester: Week 4

Last week was a bit crazy.  I pulled my Grad school application together just in time.  I'm still trying to figure out balancing studio time and working a job at night.  I got so used to working minimal hours during undergrad, and just being in the studio.  I guess this will just be a new skill once I get the hang of it.  Would you call that time management?  That's one that's eluded me for my whole life.
We'll be starting glaze calculations this week.  I'm excited and a bit nervous.  I've done some glaze testing before, but never had to get into the materials on this level.  I almost failed chemistry in high school.  Hopefully it will go well though.  I'm also excited to be learning something I didn't know.  That's the dork in me.
Also, learned that I can survive sub-zero wind chills!  That's a big step for someone from Alabama.

 Super Cold Snow Day:

BFA Crits (I like where Jessie in going):

 Glaze Calculation Prep:

Working on Stuff in the Studio:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Spring Semester: Week 3

Things continue to move on.  I've finally begun work on the first project for class.  I'm using a shellac resist to create a relief that I will then apply line work to and create detail (think Akio Takamori).  I'm taking inspiration from domes of cathedrals, masques, and other places of worship to create a floor installation that asks questions about our relationship to spirituality and the impact history has on our relationship to it.  The domes themselves are egg halves, so I am continuing with that aspect of my work.
In other news, Brian, Sydney, and I finally finished the new blunger for slip mixing!  I'm really looking forward to using it.  It has adjustable height and speed settings (such as they are).  Luckily, even though it doesn't look like it, you can fit an entire trashcan with casters underneath too.  So, there's going to be a lot of slip!

Lilly's New Ramen Bowls:

Working on that Daily Grind:

Finished! (Almost):

Progress on the First Project:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spring Semester Week 2

Naturally things were hectic this past week.  From resolving to not apply to graduate school, it turns out that I will be apply to one school this year.  Keep your finger's crossed.  In other news I found an odd clay body that a classmate had mixed.  It's a white hand building body with 20% grog.  I'm enjoying pinching with it.  I'm attempting to make the walls as thin as I can without creating holes, and close the walls up to create enclosed vessels that sag and collapse on themselves.  Hopefully this week I will get some new pieces resolved in my egg work.  I finally have all my large eggs bisqued, so that one can move forward.  Yesterday Brian and I began work on the new slip mixer set up.  It's only the plywood mounted to the shelf right now, but it will have an adjustable height mixer on pulleys once it's finished.  So, it's business as usual for now.

New Pinched/ Collapsed Vessels:

New Mugs (to be Bisqued):

Large Eggs:

Little Assemblage:

First Step for the New Slip Mixer:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spring Semester Week 1

Here we are, back again for a new semester.  Lilly and I of course missed the entire first week of classes doing work study at Arrowmont's Pentaculum.  I always enjoy getting away and going up to the mountains.  I gives me time to reflect and think about what I'm doing and where I'm going in my life and work.  I've currently been debating with myself about applying to graduate school this year.  I had been planning to wait  year, but the thought occurred to me that I might be "selling myself short" by waiting.  Now I'm wondering if rushing is "selling myself short" by not being fully prepared.  I think the latter is the case, and I should wait and spend the next year getting my application materials together.  In short, stick with the original plan.  
Daydream No. 4
Meditation No. 1
Meditation No. 2
Anyway, Penatculum was fun, though a lot of work.  It's incredible to be able to go and see professional artists in their environment.  I find the entire Arrowmont experience very validating for young artists.  Being a work study there off and on for the last seven months has been a very fulfilling experience.  Unfortunately, I my not be returning for several months.
My next goal for the semester is to pull together a solo show right before NCECA.  I'll try to be better about posting here this semester and keep you updated on how the progress is coming along.