Monday, March 26, 2012

Creating Some Stuff.

Recently in art class, we've been working on a new project.  Its possibly one of my favorites –and the  most difficult, so far.  Ceramics.  So for the past couple weeks I have been rolling and patting and marking slabs of dark gray colored clay, and somehow creating it into (hopefully) beautiful cups, bowls, plates, and platters.  So how do we do this?  First we roll out a slab of clay with a rolling pin (like making cookies, but harder).  Then we drape it across a plaster form of either a bowl or plate, and form it to the mold.  Cut of the exess, dry the clay, and take it off the mold.  Voila!  You have a half-finished product.  Then you fire it up in an oven (it really is like making cookies!), and paint it with a colorful glaze of your choosing.  The possibilities are endless.  Our shelves are already piling up with hundreds of artistic and imaginative creations!  And for a good cause too.  Next year, all these will be served with soup at our school for anyone to have, and all the money send to a charity for the homeless.  And it makes me glad to realize that doing something that I love can actually help someone!  It's pretty cool actually.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Efforts Of Metal Design: Accomplished

Oh god, the metals, the metals.  How long it took to create this one little metal tree I couldn't tell.  My sweat and blood went into this piece – literally.  Well not completely literally, but my blood did go into it after I cut my finger multiple times (with a hairs width saw).  Clumsy.  But we've moved on from that now... and look at the result! It's actually quite amazing to think back to the beginning of making this piece, when it was just me and a plain sheet of shiny copper.  It sure went a long way! And it's not very shiny anymore is it. That's because when I torched it to fuse the pieces together, some kind of scientificy thing went on and turned it into this!  Very cool.  Anyway, I love this design.  And it's actually quite funny, but at first I had a completely different design planned out for it!  A rose!  Now that would have been about ten times harder.  Let's keep it 2-D for now.  Maybe next year when I'm a little more advanced I'll try something trickier.  But for now, I'm happy with this being this.