Anya was an inspiration for one class assignment. She is our daughter's dog. As you can see in her photo, Anya has very big ears; that is not an exaggeration ! By varying the concentration of stain in specific areas I was able to increase contrast and add dimension to the flat surface of the clay. There is more experimentation and skill building that can be explored and acquired in is this area. I think Anya is a good start in the right direction. I would like to create photo like images on clay using stain and limited texture on the clay.
|Anya ~ Our Daughter's Dog|
|Anya modeled in clay|
|Anya stained and glazed|
An other assignment was to create something in the world in a larger demension. Growing up in the high desert of Southern CA and spending hours catching, also releasing, local wild life, I was familiar with native reptiles. From memory and a photo on a iphone, I molded the clay into a horned toad lizard. Creating his texture using the end of a paint brush was fun, a type of medication. The completed horned toad seems to be a comic version of the real lizard, an animated version instead of realistic rendition. I like this version very much as it speaks to my more whimsical side of creating art.
|Horned Toad w Texture added|
|Horned Toad Lizard ~ Final Glaze|
My greatest challenge this semester was to move from utilitarian projects toward nonfunctional pieces. Ideas formed slowly. Finally around mid-semester, I was able to break through with one idea. The one concept soon led to others. The struggle with mastering clay and glazes (at least operationally) was well worth the time and the effort.
Coming from a quilting background, I experimented with the basics of the ceramic tile. I pulled open the form and discovered that I liked the look of a torn tile; it spoke to the constraints and responses of the material under pressure.
What excites me most when making art is learning a medium and pushing it past what we normally expect. So with the creation of torn ceramic tiles, I was challenged to artfully combine clay and my medium of choice, textiles. Combining fiber and clay produced some really interesting compositions. Ideas are still germinating and I will share them in future blogs. Below you can see the beginnings of the first concept.
|Mixed Media ~ Textile & Ceramic|
|Textile dyed, painted, fused, stitched|
|Ceramic Tiles un-fired|