1. The most helpful tool that I used throughout this class was the needle tool. Because this tool was so small, it helped me carve all of my designs into my pieces. It made it easy to add little details. Another tool I used a lot was the sponge. This helped me make the edges of my pieces dull so they wouldn't cut someone. I used this tool on my tripod mug and my sgraffito plate for this purpose. I also used the sponge while I was working on the wheel to smooth out my piece.
2. Since the beginning of the semester my knowledge and understanding of sculpture tools has grown a lot. Before this class I only knew the purpose of the needle tool because that was the only one I used in art 1. Now I know the purpose of almost all the tools and I have used most of them. When I was working on my projects I used multiple tools because I had learned how to use them throughout this class,
3. My least favorite material to work with was paper mache. I didn't like working with it because it was sticky and smelly. I dealt with this by using a brush to put the paper and the water and flour and mixture onto my piece. By doing this I didn't have to touch the mixture which helped because it wasn't as messy. It also took a really long time to make and you had to worry about your piece growing mold. I tried to be careful, but my piece still had mold on it. To fix this I used the heating gun to kill the mold.
4. The most difficult part of this class was making a piece on the wheel. It was really hard to get the ball of clay centered. I tried a lot but I ended up having to get help. It also took a lot of strength and my arms were sore for the rest of the day because I'm weak. After my piece was centered I accidentally pulled the clay out too much and it broke because the sides were too thin. Eventually after a few tries, I got the hang of it and it wasn't as hard.
5. I think my most successful piece in this class was my sgraffito piece. To make this piece I rolled out a slab of clay and then put it on a mold so it would be shaped like a circular plate. Then I painted on black underglaze and carved out a design. At first I hated this piece because it cracked when I was almost done and I had to redo the whole thing. Luckily, once the final product came out of the kiln I really liked it and it turned out to be my favorite piece. I chose a floral design for my theme and I think it ended up looking really pretty.
The subject of my mosaic is the beach and I chose that design because I love the beach and I thought it would make a pretty piece. The most difficult part of this project was placing each piece on the board to make the design. Because the tiles were all random shapes, it was hard to arrange them correctly. I think the most successful part of my piece was the sand. I used a clay stamp to roll on a design and the texture of the clay and the glaze made it look realistic. If I was to redo this project I would paint more layers of glaze onto the clay. I used red clay for my tiles and you could see it through the glaze on some of the tiny pieces. Next time I would try to cover that up better.
To make my piece I started out by rolling up pieces of paper and making them into the shape of the head and the body. Then I covered it all a few layers of pieces of newspaper that had been dipped in a flour and water mixture. After that I painted it grey, added cotton balls to the ears to make it look like fur, and attached marbles to the face to make the eyes. I think my piece was successful because you can tell that it is supposed to look like a koala. The most difficult part of the project was getting the right shape for the body. It took a few tries but I think I eventually got it.
To make my piece I started out by rolling out a slab of clay. Then I put the slab on a plate and cut of the excess so it would be the same shape as the plate. Once the clay had dried a little bit, I covered it with black underglaze. Then I used a needle tool to carve out my floral design and then I fired my piece in the kiln. To finish my piece I painted a layer of clear glaze and then fired it again. I liked the sgraffito process because I thought it was fun to make my piece. I think my floral design was successful because it ended up looking really pretty. If I was to redo my piece, I would make it right the first time so it wouldn't break like my original piece did.
To make my piece using the wheel, I started out by wedging the clay to get the air bubbles out and then I slapped my piece onto the wheel. After that I had to try to center my piece. Once it was centered I pushed my thumb into the center to make it hollow and then I pushed the sides out to make it into the shape of a bowl. Once I finished my piece I cut it off of the wheel by using the wire cutter. The hardest part of using the wheel was centering my piece. This took me forever to do and I ended up having to get help because it was so hard. After my piece was centered I was successful in getting a good shape.