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S: Ceramics II Mixbook Anthony Luciano

BC: Let's all agree I'm a terrible person for pulling an all nighter and finishing this at 5 in the morning the day of, shall we?

FC: Ceramics II Mixbook | Anthony Luciano

1: As an artist, I am always trying to find something that I am satisfied in calling my own. I notice that a good deal of my art incorporates a healthy amount of contrast. I believe I also have trouble adding meaning to my art. I find that most of my art is abstract, or just pointless. Whether this is a good thing or not has yet to be determined. As of yet, no main artist has influenced me. I try to take more of my own experience, and let my style develop on its own. Clay is now one of my preferred mediums. I love the amount of leeway it gives you to improvise, and I enjoy seeing a finished piece from every angle.

2: Face Jug & Facial Features | The history of Face Jugs is mysterious, but there are popular theories. One theory states that the jugs were used to scare off evil spirits at a burial. Another comparatively mundane explanation is that they were used to scare off children, as moonshine was stored in the jugs. | Modern potters in Western Carolina and Northern Georgia consider Face Jugs part of their heritage, and still make them today.

3: Overall, I have to chalk the Face Jug up as a Win. There were a few significant hurtles I had to leap in constructing the face jug. Most of all was trying to make the face look vaguely human. Towards the middle of construction, I had to cut the face in half and add on to the section I cut, because the bottom of the face was too squat. In hindsight, it would've been a lot more efficient to glaze the Face Jug in something *other* than Underglaze... But we live and we learn, and it turned out nice. Underglaze was necessary to create the blush effect. I should have been more careful when applying clear-coat, but that's a running theme and I'm working on making it better. | My Technique

4: Sgraffito | & | The process of applying Slip to the body of a piece, and carving into it when it dries to make an outline drawing. | First popular in the 1600s for creating facades, this technique regained momentum in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the Art Nouveau movement and countless others

5: Mishima | & | The process of building up on top of a clay body, and then covering it with Slip. When it dries, the slip is scraped off to reveal the design underneath. | Named after Mishima, Japan, this style of pottery goes back even further the 17th century, when the name was given to it. Starting in the 10th century, Korean potters would use this technique to decorate bowls.

6: To make this plate, I covered an existing plate with lotion (to prevent the clay from sticking), rolled a slab, and then pressed the slab into the plate. I then took a wood tool, and cut a design into the surface of the plate. After that I covered the plate in a contrasting color of slip, and let it dry to nearly bone-dry. Finally, I scraped off the top layer of slip, leaving the excess in the depression where I cut my design. I really made a lot of mistakes while making this piece. At least the first 3 times, I managed to construct it wrong and mess up when I decided to scrape off the over-coat of slip off too soon. I did finally get it right, however. And then managed to drop my piece on the floor. Unfortunately, any attempts to further repair the shape of the plate would have resulted in breakage. This is why my plate has a large bend on the side. | My Technique

8: Abstraction

9: Abstraction is the process in which an idea or concept is stripped down to its essence and/or visually represented. One of the oldest artistic concepts, it was only in the 20th century when the Abstraction movement was created, influenced by Post Impressionist art. Today, Abstract art is still going strong, after countless resurgences in its popularity.

10: My Abstraction | I actually like what I did with this piece. I started with a large pinch pot, added crazy platform-arms, and then legs. I was told that the glaze I put on it would make or break the piece, and in my opinion it made it. I covered the body in Crimson glaze, and then dripped paladinum all over the arms, rim and legs. the overall effect pleases me.

11: Portrait Bust | Portrait busts are a prevalent theme in Sculpture. It would probably be impossible to identify the first ever portrait bust, but ever since people were making sculpture, people were making portrait busts. Notably famous in the Roman Empire, and in the Victorian period. | A portrait bust is usually only from the shoulders up, but this can also include the torso, and on occasion, arms.

12: My Inspiring Artist | Jacek Yerka | Born in Poland in 1952, Jacek Yerka has been a full time artist since 1980. His detailed and surreal art has earned him the "World Fantasy Award for Best Artist"

13: My Portrait Bust | Unfortunately, my piece strayed from being in Mr. Yerka's style in the end. I decided to go with a more Cyber-Punk skeleton sort of thing. To make the rib cage (probably the hardest part) I had to complete the entire left side of the torso, and then cut it into rib shape and support it. I also had problems with keeping the head up, as it was too top heavy, and wanted to fall off. I used Oatmeal for the skin tone, and Paladinum for the skeleton.

14: Raku | Raku is a special firing method, in which the piece is taken directly out of the kiln, and placed in a container of combustible material. The burning material fuses carbon onto the unglazed areas of the piece, turning it black.

15: Raku pottery as a technique was created by the Raku family in 16th century Japan. The Raku Ware that was created was to be used, and then broken after a tea ceremony. | This method was popularized in the 1960s as an "instant gratification" form of pottery.

16: My Raku Piece | Alt. title :"The Egg Ship Cometh

17: My Synopsis: | I'm not sure if I like this one. It feels like it's shoddily put together, lopsided, and glazed half-hazardly. I Also thought little about function, making the well at the bottom too shallow to burn things in. Thankfully, it excels at being a candle holder, and actually looks kinda cool doing it.

18: Social Commentary

19: As a collaboration with Sam and Heather, our social commentary piece is about the battle to tear one's self from technology. It pictures a boy with wings hanging by a chain over a heap of broken junk. To make it, we used techniques we learned by making mishima and sgraffito plates

20: In Closing!!! | Art is something I love doing. I can challenge myself, and create something awesome in the making. Art in general is definitely something I want to keep doing and making.

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Anthony Luciano
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