FC: Heather Griffin
1: Working Hard | Ceramics II
2: Artist Statement I love working with pottery and I have gone through a tremendous journey to get as developed as i am. My pottery means the world to me, and I try to make it reflect and symbolize my personality because it makes the pottery piece that i make worth so much more. I make art as a means to design something to make something extraordinary, and as a means to relax and do something calming. If it messes up, i get stressed out but i start over and calm right back down. I love being creative, some of my ideas don't turn out the way i want them; I go through a process of trial and error, if it messes up
3: then i think of a new idea and make the new idea. In the beginning i started out as a novice but since then have grown to be a greater artist. my journey was long and i had a lot of mistakes but for every mistake I had, i made up for with my strengths. Clay has always been an activity i loved to do, and I am certainly up for the challenges that can come with this activity, therefore i intend to continue to grow with every new project I am assigned.
4: Face jugs originated in Africa, they were made for Slaves who were not given tombstones. They were also used to identify the person who was buried. | Face Jugs
6: MY FACE JUG!! | the studio problem was to create a face jug. I thought about what was interesting to me. The dominate element was shape, I had so many different shapes. I chose a dragon because a dragon;s face is so unique. The title of my piece is "Dragon's Confusion" and i chose it because his facila expression says..."he's confused" about what? no one knows.
7: To develop this idea I first thought about how i wanted his face to look like, and then started designing from there. I think the structure is what makes him so unique, the face that nothing is symmetrical makes it interesting. his facial structure is the most successful aspect. The only problem I had was attaching it and getting it to look right on the jug. | I do think that i have grown as an artist, because i am starting to learn to progress, and push my ideas forward to make the piece look good.
9: the idea and style of Mishima dates back to Korea's Koryo Period | Mishima
10: My Sgraffito/Mishima Plate
11: the studio problem was to create a plate showing the Sgraffito and Mishima techniques. I did a plate with a heart. half was Sgraffito and the other half was Mishima. The design that I had on my plate was a heart, half made of a treble clef, and the other half made of a base clef. The treble clef was showing what Mishima was, adn the base clef was showing what Sgraffito was. I really like how my plate turned out. the design i made was interesting and I'm glad that i got to display that on a piece of ceramics.
13: Abstract art is a form of art in which an object or a form is developed in either a simplified way or an exaggerated manner. History states that the abstract form of art design developed in the early 1900s. So many artists have done at least one piece of abstract art. The history of Abstract art has involved more that 20,000 artist, and abstract art attracts a wide variety of people.
14: My Abstract Piece
15: the Studio problem was to create a piece of abstract art that dealt with the three forms of hand-building: Slab, Coil, and Pinch the piece that i made its a representation of the sun had it been abstract. When i glazed it, i wanted the halves to be opposite, but it didn't exactly turn out the way i wanted it to. Overall, the piece was excellent.
16: Self-Portrait Bust | My Self-Portrait
17: We were to construct a self-portrait bust. at first i was kinda uneasy about it, because i didn't think that i would be able to do it. After drawing it out, it saw that i would be easy. i think that it turned out great, i am not that pale though. But overall it was a well done self-portrait.
18: My Raku piece looks great. I thought getting to see how the process goes on was incredibly interesting. It was great to actually get to first hand see how it went. My Raku piece looks great, i put a sun on one side and a moon on the other. the colors i used turned out really bright, especially the yellow and the orange. Overall Raku was deffinantly my favorite thing to do.
20: Social Commentary
21: The Social Commentary piece that two friends and I did was to show something in the world that is hidden and rarely addressed by the public. We focused on the fact that people hide away and get drawn into entertainment, and their possessions. It broke by the turn out was amazing.
22: My overall time in ceramics was a blast. I love working with Pottery, it is fun and something i really enjoy. Some of the studio problems may have been difficult but it was worth every minute of it. Ceramics is a past time that i will keep with me always. I will continue to work with pottery hopefully in the future. I'm glad that i got the chance to further my hobby.