Friday, June 09, 2006 here they are...

this semester i really worked on two things. 1: the use of cylinders, and 2: glazes that weren't the typical glazes. more experimentation in the latter is definitely in effect.

basically with the glazes...i was thinking about a question that one of my prof. put out there: what is ceramics? -most materials that come from the earth are ceramics. but a series are "ceramic" artists were presented to us which made me wonder about glazes. initial experimention began with a plaster-based glaze which i had received a recipe for...but after many failed attempts to get what i was trying to get, which is a rough and crusty glaze (but i will still continue to work on that) i started to think about simply using clays (in the form of slip - clay in liquid suspension), oxides and salt water to create my glaze. the end result is what you will see on the three large tubules.


one day i decided to work my hands out a bit on some handbuilding. to tell you the
truth, i was getting a bit bored of the wheel. i wanted to keep working with the idea of tubules (of sorts) and created these guys ala philip cornelius belt-coiling method. i have to admit that i really like that method...thanks phil. these guys were fired three times (all at very low temperatures) and have a very rough and matte finish. i'm quite happy with these fellas. the multiple firings add a nice deep sense of dimension (with each firing i added some more color and texture)

these last two were probably my favorite. but in the picture above you might have noticed a bright-red pair of lucious lips. well...yes...i'm guilty of that one two. one of our professors provided us the theme: laugh. so i made the those lips and a series of little smiling tubes (click here for the smiling lips in action. warning: kinda lame)

i was exploring with some cylinderical pieces and my prof. told me to cut them up and re-attach them or to do something else with them since they were too simple. (makes sense since they are cylinders afterall...) but while i was working on something i dropped it. but i love how accidents work in my favor because from that incident came the idea of attaching two cylinders to create cups.

and finally, while spending some hours - bored - i was staring into the cylinders and thought about how cool the insides looked but how nobody would ever really look into them (but they might blow into them!). I thought of the impact of making the insides of pots more visible. and how might i do that. i'm still thinking about how i could do this more effectively but here are just a how that i've worked on so far...

i've got more, but i didn't shoot em all yet. i have to take some more photos that are suitable for portfolio use so i'll share that when i get those done.


At June 10, 2006 at 9:01 AM , Blogger roger said...

those look awesome! i especially like the pots with the sideview windwos. id be interested to see if you could 'plug' the whole with glass so that it like half vase half pot.

At June 10, 2006 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Joseph Lee said...

what windows?

At June 10, 2006 at 3:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the mouth!

At June 13, 2006 at 2:26 PM , Blogger Nate said...

These ceramics rock! That short clip with the lips was not lame at all; I was laughing the whole time... don't know why, I just was okay. Be interested to see how you come along with the new glaze(s) and what you conjure up for shining some light on the inner subject (aka tubes' insides).


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