Looking at the themes that other students have incorporated into their projects, I have noticed that I have at least one project for each of them. From simplistic structures with simplistic colors to broken dreams, no theme is left behind. The glazing of my teapot, as well as the glazing and structure of my wheel altered project both project movements; several of my projects portray the rule of thirds; contrast is prevalent in my set of three and some lidded projects.
Despite not following a clear theme, I did have clear goals for my projects this semester. Early in the semester, I focused on pulling projects up evenly. At first, I struggled with lifting the projects straight up, and my base was often wider and thicker than the top. However, after practicing several techniques like knuckling and sponging, I was able to do this. After mastering this, I focused on giving my projects shapes. I created vases and numerous technical projects such as my set of three. I also made several projects that I destroyed after throwing that I had closed up at the top, forming an egg or carrot shape. After moving on from this, I focused on making my projects larger. I am not a fan of intricacy, so I did not pursue improving the complexity of my projects. Aside from the projects, I learned and focused on the making of glazes. From combining clear with cobalt, to making much more complex glazes like raku, I was able to create several scraps and colors enjoyed by everyone. Doing all this fits well with not having a theme: I was able to holistically better myself in almost every aspect of ceramics. I learned several different things about how the kilns work along with what it takes to ultimately run a ceramics studio.
All in all, my time this semester in ceramics has been filled with awesome experiences and new knowledge that I will be able to take with me to college and hopefully utilize in future ceramics classes. I know that the whole idea behind this project was finding a theme and sticking to it, but I have never been good at staying within parameters. One must take each project and, project by project, determine how to best express one’s feelings at that time and incorporate them into that project. It is in this way, that, in my opinion, the best projects are created.
Thank you Ms. Heideman for providing me with new knowledge and an awesome perspective. It is because of you that I took this class in the first place.