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.