The two pieces that I decided to show are my mugs and a wooden relief carving. I wanted to show the mugs, because they did not turn out half bad and I love that I was able to make something useful. I has been wanting to throw on a wheel since I was really young, so being able to do that was really cool. As for the carving of the quail in the ponderosa pine tree, I love working with wood, and I love quails. I don’t have a strange obsession with them though. They just give me a really good feeling inside that reminds me of Arizona and my friends that live there. I think both projects showed my love for making things that make me feel good and show my love for God’s creation.
In my opinion my most successful project this semester was my choice project #2 where I did a series of 3 mugs. They did not turn out as good as I had hoped but I like them anyways and they are useful. I enjoyed making them and I think that played a large role in why they turned out ok. I really hope to do more pottery in the future.
If there was one project that I could change it would be my first choice project. I ended up making a leather card holder, but I hand stitched it, but I did not do a very good job at it. What I would change about it is that instead of doing the wallet I wish that I would have practiced with clay more and maybe my mugs would have turned out better.
The media that I enjoyed the most this semester was ceramics. I really enjoyed throwing on the wheel especially. I think I like it so much, because since the wheel was invented it has been used for making useful tools out of earthenware or stoneware and I love making useful things especially when they are made out of natural material.
For this project I decided to use a very inspirational quote that I remember seeing at some friend's house that own a ranch in Arizona. I has helped me to get through several circumstances. For the challenge I printed the quote and then tried doing an oil pastel drawing of a nice scene, but as one can tell, I am not very handy with drawing or painting of any kind. For the final challenge I- becaused of time not being on my side- decided to print out a picture of one of the owners of the ranch where I saw that quote and used it was my inspiration picture that goes along with the quote. I think it is quite fitting, because she is a very tough old lady. She deals with problems with such ease even though she is practically blind. Being in the occupation that she is in she has to able to resolve and deal with problems all the time, so she is a role model for me and that is why this quote means a lot to me.
I decided to do a series of mugs for this project. I have 3 ceramic mugs, one with a handle and two without. I used a potters wheel to create them. several artists inspired my mugs, but I mostly was trying to make something useful and made from natural material. I hope to get better from from this, because I do want to make more bowls, plates and utensils. My goal was to make something useful and I think that I achieved that goal. This project has taught me a lot about ceramics, but mostly it taught me to have patience.
For this project I decided to make something that would be useful to me and using materials that I like. I don't usually carry cash and so I only have cards of different sorts so I find card holders to be very convenient. I also love leather, anything leather, from boots, jackets, gloves, wallets, cases, saddles, chaps, ties, belts, etc. I Just like how it looks, feels, smells and I like the concept of using materials that occur naturally, unlike plastic and styrofoam. So even though the quality of this is very poor and if I were to do it again I would either use a sewing machine or leather string.
I choose to do a relief wood carving of a quail in a ponderosa pine. I used a dremel to do the carving and then used watered-down water color paint as a stain with some acrylic paint for the white feather accents and the pine tree needs and the cone. I chose to do a bird, because I thought that it would be something on the easy side to carve and yet cool looking.