The biggest thing I learned this semester in advanced ceramics is that I absolutely adore underglazes! They allow me to pursue my favorite part of ceramics-- the decorative glazing. (:
One of our required assignments was sgraffito. This is where you put a glaze down, cover it in a layer of wax, then use a scribe took (think of a metal toothpick) to scratch a design through the glaze and wax that you will then put a darker stain in.
|This was my first attempt at sgraffito.|
|I liked doing sgraffito so much, I did a second one as well (:|
|Seven years ago, I bought a bowl with holes in it. Less than a year later, Mark accidentally broke it. I've looked for a bowl to replace it off and on since then, without any luck. So I decided that if I couldn't find one-- I'd make my own (:|
|the underside of my favorite bowl that I made this semester (:|
|The inside of my favorite bowl. I got to eat out of it the day we made breakfast outside and did the raku firing. I have to admit, absolutely thrilled to have made a bowl I can -eat- out of!!|
|My friend Carrie liked my square bowl so she asked me to glaze one for her as well (: This is the inside.|
|and this is the outside. The single spiral continues from where the one on the inside is. We're both very pleased with the way it turned out (:|
We were also required to make an 'organic' bowl (not a traditional geometric shape) and this is mine:
|I decided that I wanted to try out the underglaze 'crayons'. A couple of months ago, I saw a painting similar to this and like the design, so I thought I would make myself an 'Easter' bowl (:|
|The underside of my 'Easter' bowl|
|I also learned about using plaster to make molds. Originally, I created these designs in the hope of using them for stepping stones for our Raku project...until I realized you can't use ceramics for stepping stones.|
|So I decided to create coasters instead.|
Going to Michael's this weekend to get cork to put on the bottom of them so that I can put them in my living room.