Monday, April 20, 2020

Ceraminanigans

I have finally gotten my clay studio set up in my garage, complete with my new kickwheel, clay, reclaim buckets, throwing tools, and plenty of natural sunlight (pictured below is my dad trimming part of the rod that connects the two wheels). I am still working out how to throw on this new wheel and create pieces that are evenly thrown. I have been making sketches of patterns I want to use on some new pieces as well as drawing different forms I want to experiment with. I also attempted coil building because I enjoy the texture flat coils create, however I have always struggled with coil building, so I want to figure out how to make something look like it has been coil built.

I have also kept working on my colored pencil drawing series and hope to complete them digitally with poetry that goes along with each part. I really have enjoyed doing research about the work that I am making about fruit and women in society.






Saturday, April 4, 2020

Studio Shutdown

April 4, 2020



Over the past few weeks, I have been struggling with the anxiety of not having a studio to work with clay. Ceramics is the medium for me that relieves all of my stress and keeps my depression at a manageable level, and without it, I have been feeling my mood deteriorate. Although I have been using other media, I have realized that I have a higher emotional need for clay than I do for other materials. In order to relieve some of this stress, I was able to get a kickwheel from a friend- Larry Beisler, whose wife, Sandy,  I worked very closely with at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana when I was in high school. When I went to pick up the wheel with my dad, Sandy had me come inside and showed me her collection of ceramic bowls- one even made by my friend Ollie Reed, who was a post baccalaureate student the year I started doing ceramics.
In the week since I got this wheel, my dad helped me to build it, I ordered some Speckled Turtle from Mudworks, and got some sketches together for what new imagery I want to put on my pots. I have also been using colored pencil to plan out some lithographs I plan to make in the fall.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hecking Big Fruit Bowls

September 9, 2019

This week in my studio, I decided to give my red clay body another chance. Throwing small vessels with this body proved difficult because of its plasticity. I then hypothesized that maybe if I used a larger amount to throw with, it would be easier to handle, and this was correct. I threw three bowls that were the biggest I have ever thrown, and my goal is to be able to throw with 10 pounds by the end of the semester. I really enjoyed the forms that I was able to create.

I also decided that to throw these large bowls, a batt was just not going to cut it. In the past when I have used one to throw a lot of clay, it ended up coming off when I attempted to center. My solution was to take the pins off of my wheel head and just throw directly on it, and the change was very helpful. I decided to keep the pins and wing nuts in a mug that Charlie left behind for whoever wanted to take it, for good luck with my new passion of throwing Giant Things.

New Space

August 29, 2019

This week, I moved into my own studio! Upon my acceptance into the BFA Ceramics program, I was given my own space to make work until my graduation from IUS. I got more space than I expected, and I spent the whole week gathering more supplies that I found I would need for the space. I got the corner studio in what we call the annex, and so far I can say that I am totally in love with it. The most exciting change for me so far is that I don't have to throw "in public," and my train of concentration is much stronger in a smaller, nearly enclosed space.

I also discovered that I disliked the clay I made at the end of last semester, and was lucky enough to have been sent some clay to reclaim from Jason Burnett, whom I assisted in his studio over the summer. I made the clay body usable as soon as I got the chance to. It is a beautiful "blonde" in its green state and fires to a warm brown color.

I did however use the clay that I had available, and ended up really enjoying the warm color on my hands when I touched this clay body. I have not yet fired any of it and I am hoping that the mugs for this first assignment survive the kiln.