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FC: Ceramics II Portfolio Karley Jacobs

1: I love art for the simple fact that it is fun and i can make pieces that express the way i feel. I make art because It's relaxing, and it allows me to express my creative side and explore new ideas. My art signifies who i am as a person. All of my pieces are upbeat, plain, simple, enthusiastic and most of he time funny. The media I work with is mainly clay. I am drawn to clay because it is all hands on and more workable unlike Just picking up a pencil and drawing. Working with clay i can make it do anything, and if it doesn't work out the way i want it, i don't have to take out an eraser and erase it i can just fix it. In addition, my art means i have accomplished something. Whenever i make a piece and it turns out great i am proud of it. if i would not have taken art in the past years i would not be where i am today. When i first started working with clay i was terrible! but, as i learned and learned i got better.

3: History of the Face Jug There are many different stories of how the face jug came to be, the most common one goes like this,; long ago people put moonshine in jugs..Kids would try to get into the jugs, therefore the potters would put a variety of faces on the jugs to keep the kids away Another story is, potters would make ugly faces on jugs to put around gravestones to scare away evil spirits. Putting faces on jugs goes back to Egyptian times and many other different countries throughout the world.The first piece created was in Massachussets around 1810. Today, face jugs are cherised by collectors for their design and facial expressions!

4: The studio problem was to create a Face Jug with Facial Features, that we practiced making. When i first started to design my piece i thought back on what mood i wanted it to express, and in what shape i wanted it. The elements of art and principles of design that are seen throughout this piece are: Shape, Color, Form, Unity, Balance,Proportion and Movement. Shape is used in the body of the jug, Color by the different glazes used. Form, along the same lines as shape, but, also to unify the piece and make it flow. Balance and proportion work together to make the piece look good. In this piece, I choose to create the facial part of the jug as something funny, with a big uni-brow and teeth that point out. The title of my piece is " uni-man" because after all he does have a giant uni brow! To develop ideas for this studio problem I practiced making my own facial features, and researched other face jugs. As i worked i changed the shape of the jug, the colors of the glaze and the ears. This piece is unique because very rarely do you see a big green, uni-browed guy. The most successful aspect of my piece is the teeth, because they didn't want to stay on. The only problem i had with this piece was the teeth not sticking, i easily fixed that by scoring and slipping more. If i could re-work this i would make the eyes better, by glazing more evenly around them.I think i have definately grown as an artist while working with this piece, between spending my time and putting forth an amount of effort. This piece came out pretty good!

6: History of sgraffito and Mishima The technique of scratching designs into pottery, which is called Sgraffito has been used for several years.This type of earth ware can be traced all the way back to the Sung Dynasty of China. There is a vase called the "T'zu-Chou vase that dates to the 11th to 12th century AD. That said Sgraffito can be found in many of the world's ancient cultures As far back as 1636, there was a certain calendar published at the Grand Shrine of Mishima (Mishima Taisha) written in little squiggly kana lines. Because the "rope curtain" designs of 15th-16th century Korean Punch'ong stoneware resembled the lines of the calendar, works of this pattern came to be known as Mishima.

7: The studio problem was to create a peice that used the Techniques of sgraffito and Mishima. When i thought about designing my piece i thought of how i could combine the two techniques to make something i liked. Throughout my art work i used Line, form,Shape, proportion, movement and balance. I Used line by all the different lines on the bowl and the plate, Form by the bowls structure, same with shape, proportion, movement and balance. To develop ideas for this studio problem, i looked on the inernet for Sgraffito and Mishima to see how other people designed their pieces.This piece is unique because it has lines all over it, and it's kinda of weird but cool at the same time! The one problem i had when designing this piece was, i didn't let the different color slip to dry before i carved my design into it and/or scraped it off. i fixed that problem by allowing it to dry longer. I love these pieces because they were different and i learned a cool technique!

9: History of Raku Raku is a Japanese word that can be translated as enjoyment, happiness, or comfort. In 1580, the potter Chijiro is thought to be the first to produce this form of ware. He developed a low-fire pottery process in which he placed ware directly into a red-hot kiln, then once the glazes had melted, removing the ware from the still red-hot kiln and allowing the pottery to cool outside the kiln. It is possible, however, that he learned this process from his father Ameya, a Korean potter who moved to and worked in Kyoto, Japan.

10: The Studio Problem was to Create a piece that could be fired using the technique of Raku. When designing my piece i wanted to make a burn box that was functional. The principles of design and elements of art i used were, Line, shape, color, form, balance and proportion. I used line by engraving different designs into the side of my box, Shape, by the shape of the box, color , The brown and copper color of the box and balance, proportion and form unifying the piece. To develop ideas for this piece i researched what finished raku pieces looked like, and knowing that Raku in Japanese meant happiness, i wanted to making something that expressed the emotions of being happy. The problem i had with this piece was i couldnt get the legs even so it wouldn't balance, i eaisly fixed that by sanding the legs to make them even. overall i loved how this piece came out.

12: The idea of this studio problem was to create a piece that was abstract. The elements of art and principles of design i used were color, form, proportion and line. I used color in this piece by using two different color glazes, Form by the different forms throughout the piece, Proportion, in sizing and making the piece interesting and line by the base of the piece. To develop ideas for this piece i just started with using the basic geometric forms and then put them together, by starting with a cylinder then adding a sphere and rectangle. One problem i had with this piece was, the cut out circle in the middle wouldn't stand up by itself, i fixed this by blow drying it and letting it sit for a day and then scored and slipped it. Overall this was my favorite piece because it didn't have to be something specific it could convey something or just be geometric shapes, i loved how this piece turned out!

13: History of Abstraction Abstract art began in the avant-garde movements of the late 19th century. it uses line and form to create something different than the actual thing. There are many different artists that use abstract such as, Picasso, Braque and many more!

15: My artist for my Portrait was Andy Warhol. Andy was born on August 6 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died at the age of 58 on February 22, 1987. Andy was an American Painter, filmmaker, and printmaker who brought the visual art movement together to form pop art. After having a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Andy became well known worldwide as a painter, record producer,author,and an artist who took Hollywood people and turned their portrait into something colorful. 3 Main Characteristics : Uses different colors to draw viewers to his art work, uses Hollywood characters and overall has a crazy way of making art.

17: The idea of this studio problem was to take the idea of an Artist and use it in a way to make a portrait. The Elements of art i used were Color, Proportion, and shape. I used color by the different color paint i used, Proportion by the sizing of the facial features and shape in the whole piece. To develop ideas for this piece i looked at Andy Warhol's art and thought of ways i could incorporate it into my piece. I liked how Andy used colors that popped and were bright and fun so i choose colors like that for my piece. A problem i had with this piece was when i went to attach my head to my shoulders, the shoulders sunk in, i fixed this my letting it sit and dry for a couple days then i scored and slipped the two together. I enjoyed working with this piece because it was fun trying to make a piece that resembled myself!

19: History of Social Commentary Piece Social Commentary is most often done with the idea of implementing or promoting change by informing the general public about a given problem and appealing to the people's sense of justice.

20: The idea of this studio problem was to work together in a group to create a piece that dealt with the issue we choose. When considering what lex and I were going to create, we thought about the topic of Discrimination since it is a big issue in today's society. we decided we would make several different faces and put the name in which they are given in this society to show that it is cruel and rude. We had problems making the individual faces because, they were so small, we fixed that by working even harder on them and trying our best. This piece turned out great, i liked that we made something that symbolized something in society, and possibly change other's ways of treating people

21: I enjoyed this class, because i learned different histories and techniques that are not only used in the U.S. but in many other countries. I also learned how to be patient with things because if you rush your art work it wont turn out the way you wanted it to. I have definitely grown as an artist after taking this class!

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