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FC: Brittany's portfolio for ART!

1: Art has become a huge part of my life; it helps me express how I feel onto paper, canvas, or any other ,media. Having the chance to express myself has made me a happier person in my everyday life, My artwork is joyful, meaningful to me because every piece of art I do whether its on paper, canvas, or any other media relates to a part in my life. I choose for my viewers and peers to understand my art so that can know my life and feel the joy that is portrayed off my artwork. Everything I do in art has a joyful, fun vibe about it. In Ceramics 1, I created a Shrek face jug, and a mouse, My Shrek face jug looked a lot like Shrek in the Disney movie except mine was fun; he had big eyes and two teeth. My mouse was also very cute and fun. She also had big eyes and two teeth. Everyone thought she was so cute, I have a very joyful and fun personality and love to show that in my art. All my artwork means something to me. Just recently, I made a sgrafitto and mishima plate that had a sun with two hearts in the middle as well as 51893 around the rim. The sun and two hearts represented me coming into the world while 51893 represented the day I was born. The piece definitely meant something to me. Another piece that had value to me was the charity bowl I did for Ceramics 2. My bowl had two trees and clouds on the outside and bark print on the inside. I am a person who promotes a clean earth. I hate to see dead plants or trashy plants. The bowl meant something to me for that reason. I want my pieces to relate to me so when I look back I can think of old memories. Reflecting on my life is what helps me create my pieces. I believe art is something that could speak a thousand words. I like to make my pieces easy to understand. In Ceramics 1 we had to make a bowl that had a positive meaning to it. The bowl had a shooting star on it which meant “Shoot for the star” The concept was pretty straight forward. Another piece with a straight forward concept was my volcano raku piece with erupting lava. When people think of volcanoes they think of the eruptions. The piece represents the eruptions in your life, some are more serious than others but eventually they go away. I don’t want people to think too hard about my art because I want people to understand me and my life. Art is a great way to express emotions and how you feel. I believe that art is the way that I have expressed my emotions. Nine out of ten of my pieces I create are joyful and fun because that is my personality. I wouldn’t go back and change anything if I could because I enjoy memories, good or bad. Art will definitely be something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

2: Face Jugs and their history!

3: My Face Jug was meant to portray the Steelers football player, #17, Mike Wallace. I made this piece around the 2011 SuperBowl. I chose to make him because he played a big part in the game. When making the piece I started with all basic shapes before I added details. When glazing I used under glazes so I could see the colors better and how they would turn out. This piece is definitely one of my favorites.

4: History of Face Jugs!

5: Of the many crafts indigenous to the mountains of north Georgia and Western North Carolina , the most interesting is the face jug. No one is 100% certain of how it originated, but two stories in particular seem to capture some of the mystique surrounding these oddly humorous creations. The first is that folks of Appalachia keep their moonshine in jugs designed with scary faces to keep kids from sampling the jugs contents. (The face jug, different from the other jugs in the house served as an early child proof cap.) The second story has to do with devil jugs, or scary faces jugs with devil horns. The story is that these devil jugs originated in slave communities and when someone died, a devil jug was made and placed on the grave for one year. If the jug broke sometime during the year, it meant that the deceased was wrestling with the devil. Generations of families in North Georgia and Western North Carolina farmed and threw pots for their livelihood. Today, contemporary potters such as William Flowers, have resurrected the interest in face jugs and some of the face jugs of the older generation of potters, (such as Craig, Meaders and Brown all now deceased), who at one time could hardly get 25 cents for their jugs are now selling for up to five figures.

6: Sgraffito & Mishima Plate! | Our assignment was to create a plate incorporating Sgraffito and Mishima designs. | I created my piece to represent me as a person and my life.

7: When starting my Sgraffito and Mishima plate I took an actual plate from home, applied lotion to it, then added clay on top of it to form into the plates shape. The lotion protected the clay from sticking to the plate. After letting the plate get leather hard I was able to carve a design into the clay.My design was a sun with two hearts connected to it, representing life into the world. Then I applied slip over it known as sgraffito. When the slip became hard I was able to scrape off the slip with a metal rib leaving the sgrafitto design. When you leave slip on the piece and carve | into it, you are then using the mishima design process. I chose to do the mishima design around the outside of my plate imprinting "51893" which represents my date of birth.

8: Sgraffito & Mishima Charity Bowl! | We were told to create a bowl using either Mishima or Sgraffito designs for a charity.

9: My charity bowl represents nature, and how beautiful nature really is if you take time to cherish its beauty. I had a Sgraffito design showing the trees, the sun, and clouds on the outside and Mishima tree bark design on the inside.

10: Sgraffito and Mishima History!

11: Sgraffito is a pottery decorating technique dating back thousands of years. In it, contrasting colors of slip are layered upon a clay pot or object. Once leather-hard, the slip is incised down into the underlying clay body, giving both a color and textural change. Mishima is another pottery design technique that has been practiced around the world for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. This decorative technique involves incising a design, then filling it in with a contrasting slip.

12: My Raku Piece!

13: When creating my Raku piece I was going through a lot of things in my life; so when coming up with something to do I decided to make a piece that portrayed my emotions. Thats how I came up with doing a volcano as my Raku piece, I made it small so it could be fired easier. The volcano itself is made to represent the hard struggles you come to in your life. The eruptions represent them leaving. Problems come and go, few stay forever. When constructing the piece i made slabs and put them together using the score and slip method.

14: The History Of Raku...

15: The firing technique of "Raku" ware was first developed by Chojiro, founder of the first generation of the Raku dynasty, in the 16th century. Chojiro produced tea bowls for the tea ceremony using the "Raku" firing technique. Chojiro's tea bowls were brought to the attention of the Emperor Hideyoshi. Emperor Hideyoshi was very impressed with the unpretentious and aesthetically pleasing tea bowls. As a result, the Emperor bestowed, in memory of Chojiro, a gold seal that bore the emblem symbolizing “Raku” on Chojiro's son Jokei. The word "Raku" comes from the ideograph engraved on that gold seal. "Raku" when freely and loosely translated can mean joy, enjoyment, pleasure, comfort, happiness, or contentment. The word "Raku" thereby became Chojiro's family name/title. The Raku firing technique utilizes a rapid rise in temperature in a fuel fired kiln. The Raku items are taken out of the kiln at glaze maturity, the Raku items, are then, placed in an air-tight container containing shredded newspaper and sawdust, and a short time later the Raku items are taken out of the air tight container and either air cooled or sprayed or dipped in water.

16: Abstract Art | While making my abstract piece I made sure to incorporate many different styles. I used many different shapes and colors to exxagerate my piece. Overall I think I did a good job on my abstraction piece.

17: The history of abstract art involves more than 20,000 artists along with their interesting art backgrounds. Images and in-depth information of these artists are available in their biographies. History states that the abstract form of art design developed in the early 1900s. Neo-plasticism (1920-1940), abstract expressionism (1940-1955), conceptual art, contemporary realism, photorealism, and hyper realism (1960-1975), and neo-expressionism (1970-1990) are some of the major developmental stages in the history of abstract art.

18: Potrait inspired by Gustav Klimt | Gusta Klimt is an artist who really values women and think they are so precious. His pieces try to show how much he admires women.

19: I ran into many troubles when making my portrait bust in the endI think I ended up doing alright. I was very excited to see my ending results.

20: Social Commentary Piece! | Me and my group decided to do a piece on Child abuse because the members in my group have seen or experienced Child abuse. Around the edges of our piece we put the feelings of and abused child or what could cause child abuse although in my opinion there is no excuse to put your hands on an innocent child. In the end I think we did a great job on our piece, it turned out great in my opinion. We definitely got our point across. Political Art is a great way to get people views and opinions out there in non verbal ways.

21: Example of Political Art | Our Commentary Piece!

22: Fish Whistle! | Additional Work

23: Additional work I did in Ceramics 2 were working on the banners for the "Wish Upon a Star Auction" and the fish whistle I painted to look like Nemo from "Finding Nemo." I really enjoyed making the whistle; plus it was very fast an easy to make. The only struggle I ran into was that the whistle would not make sound after I glazed it because I accidently got the glaze inside of the holes. Other than that the piece turned out great.

24: Final Reflection!

25: Overall in Ceramics 2 I think I progressed a lot. I started off a little weak but in my opinion became a better artist. I ran into many struggles of the course of this class but with hard work and dedication I was able to overcome and accomplish each and every obstacle.

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