What material did you have?
What made it hard to work with?
It was hard to bend into a smooth shape. It was also challenging to make any small parts of the chicken out of it.
What did you make and and why?
I made a paper mache chicken because I thought it would be funny to make a chicken out of chicken wire. I also left a section open to see the chicken wire since that was my material and added plastic easter eggs to make it more interesting.
How is your piece successful?
I put a lot of work into it and feel like in the end it payed off. It's not the greatest, most realistic chicken but that wasn't really my intention. I just wanted it to resemble a chicken. Plus it would've been weird to put colorful eggs inside of a realistic chicken..
Explain the process of throwing.
First you get the amount of clay you want to work with and roughly shape it into a cylinder. You then throw down your clay as close as you can to the middle and then seal the bottom edge to keep water out. After that you center your clay by locking your elbows in and placing one hand on top and one hand on the side of the clay. The aim is to create a ball shape that is completely in the center of the wheel. Then you are ready to start whatever you want to make.
What difficulties did you have trying the wheel?
I found it difficult to have the right thickness at the bottom and also of the sides.
What did you find successful?
Centering was fairly easy for me.
Explain the process start to finish.
First I started with note cards to create a base which I then covered with masking tape. Next I taped my different flat sections of the shoe together and started to tape all around the shoe so it would look like one piece. After that I cut out different details I wanted on the shoe like the nike symbol and the ridge around the top of the shoe out of a couple layers of note cards. To finish things off I punched holes and folded masking tape to create the laces.
What do you find successful about your piece?
It really did resemble my shoe quite well so I was proud that I was able to recreate it with masking tape.
What would you change? How was it unsuccessful?
I would make more clean tape lines and I would also add texture to the front of the rim of the shoe. It was generally successful but some parts do look rushed and not as good as I would have liked.
Explain the process of pit fired ceramics and saggars. Should be at least 3 sentences or more.
It is a method for baking that's done by placing pots or other clay pieces inside a hole in the ground and then they are burned. The pieces receive their color from the vapors in the fire by placing different materials and chemicals around the pieces. Saggar's are done by wrapping the piece in aluminum foil and then placing it into something for firing. The foil is used to keep the piece away from others or its environment and also to keep in items you want to fire the piece with.
How do you feel your piece was successful and how might you change it if you were to make it again?
I feel that it was fairly successful except that it ended up breaking. I like the wide array of colors that showed up as well. There's not too much I would have done differently except maybe of added the copper wire because I liked how it turned out on some other pieces.
Jason Hackenwerth who lives in New York uses latex balloons to create sculptures.
He went to Savanna College of Art and Design. Hackenwerth was once commissioned by the New York Times to create their T in balloons. His website is: http://www.jasonhackenwerth.com
I really like how large the installations are and generally the choice to strictly use such an odd material, latex balloons (except in his piece "Cloud Caves"). The bright colors used along with the mixture of the balloons not being opaque gives a really cool effect that draws you in. The texture the balloons create is also very interesting and honestly is pleasing to look at. His pieces also invoke lots of thought and imagination because you're left wondering what exactly he was trying to create whether it be a monster, a plant, or just organic shapes.
1. What did I find challenging about each one?
Rock (bottom left)
I found it difficult to replicate the amount of small little indents that a rock usually has along with the general rough texture they have.
Cloud (bottom right)
I found it difficult to give the clay a "fluffy" soft of look like a cloud has. It was also very hard to create the depth clouds have along with their inconsistent shape.
I felt that is was hard to get the amount of strands of fur I would've liked to. It was very difficult to accomplish this because of generally being inexperienced on how to make shallow indents very close together without each mark blending together or just getting messy.