Ceramics 361:: Assignment IV :: Artist Reviews

October 28, 2008

Aim: To look at contemporary art and ceramics magazines and books to develop an awareness of the convention of writing artist’s statements.

Task: Look through books, magazines and/or the Internet to find articles on artists that interest you.  Read the article and make a brief review (one-half to one page typed and double-spaced) about the article and respond to what the artists said.  Submit your review along with a good photocopy of the statement you are discussing.

Writing Skills Assistance
: Need free help with your writing assignments? The Writing Skills Tutor is available to assist you with all aspects of writing – including research and planning, sentence and paragraph structure, thesis statements, grammar, spelling, and the correct usage of style guides (eg. APA, MLA). You’re welcome to e-mail an essay or other writing assignment to the tutor. She will read it over, insert helpful comments on how the paper can be improved, and then e-mail it back to you. Please ensure that the tutor receives your assignment at least three business days before you’d like it returned to you.

For more information about this service, or to submit an assignment for review, please contact:

Heather Vander Plaat – Writing Skills Tutor

Download the full assignment here: art361-assignment4


Ceramics 261 :: Assignment IV :: Plaster Mould, Glaze Tests and Lidded Forms

October 28, 2008

Aim: To investigate low relief and texture in a repeating pattern panel that will be cast in plaster. The finished negative mould will be used to press clay directly into the plaster creating textured panels used to hand build a form. You will use this mould(s) to make both test tiles for glazes and 2 lidded containers.

Task: To create a repeating pattern composition that can be translated into low relief and texture. Using this low relief form, you will construct two lidded containers and a series of test tiles.

Download the entire assignment: art261-assignment4

The economy got you down? It might be a good time for art.

October 28, 2008

With the economy on a daily rollercoaster ride of ups and downs there is a lot of uncertainty in the art world. However, all might not be grim and dark for the artist true to themselves. Here is one take on it:

Frieze After the Freeze

The part about all the galleries closing is scary, but the article finishes with a light for the future. Unless you are in it for the bucks.

ART 361:: Assignment 3 :: Ceramic Technology :: Clay and Glaze Testing

October 19, 2008

Attached below is the Clay and Glaze Testing Assignment. The basics of this assignemnet are to learn how to mix and test a glaze and how to test your clay for shrinkage.

Due Dates
Clay and Glaze tests – November 12
Class Glaze mixing – December 3 (but leaving it to the end does not help the class)


Now, for something different to read, check out the Incomplete Manifesto by Bruce Mau on his website. It is an interesting read while you are looking for a way to procrastinate.

ART 361:: Assignment 2 :: Hand Building :: Stacking Sculptures

October 14, 2008
Kathy King - Homefront


1 – To investigate personal imagery and mythology. By using some of the things that you have already learned in ceramics (different methods of hand building; coil, pinching, slab-building, and extruding) incorporated with symbolic imagery and stylization of forms you will communicate an idea that has personal significance 2 – To continue to learn how to make large ceramic objects (sculpture) using separate components.
The Structures

Personal History Structure – You will create a multi-piece, stacking sculpture communicating that somehow related to your personal History. This can be about something you are interested in, something about your family members, a childhood dream (or nightmare), a totemic style detailing the structure of your nuclear family or a series of objects relating reoccurring images from your life. The tale your sculpture tells is up to you.

Future Dream Structure – You will create a second multi-piece, stacking sculpture that communicates something about your future or the idea of the future (other than your own.) This second structure is very open ended. Let your ideas run wild with both the form and the content.


Planning and Drawing – For this project it will be very important that you have in place an over all plan for you various structures. You will be making multiple forms that will be fitting together in a variety of ways – visually, physically and conceptually – and to do this haphazardly may results in extra stress you surely do not need.

Have a plan, a drawing, a timeline, or whatever else you work best from ready to show me on Wednesday, October 22. You need to show me what you want to make before you get started – this is a deadline!

Testing – There are many different things you might want to try for this – working in different temperatures, multiple firings, glazes, slips, multi-media, different clays, decals, etc – and I am more that happy with helping you out with whatever idea you would like to try. But. In order to succeed, you will have to test your ideas our before hand. Remember this when planning your sculptures- The final form will be a sculpture with at least three separate parts that stack on top of each other and work together to tell a story. These forms can stack simply with the power of gravity or you can use a threaded bar, a dowel or even wire to hold your form upright. Remember to keep this additional portion hidden (unless it is a part of your narrative/piece.) Note: you can also use bar or dowel to create interesting cantilever effects in you structure. Use your imagination.

Look at Kathy King for some initial ideas.

Here is the assignmnet for you to download: art361-assignment2

Greg Crowe Here this Week

October 13, 2008

Just a reminder that Greg Crowe will be here all this week starting on Tuesday where he will be the ART 101 Visiting Artist.

Respected for his wheel-thrown, wood fired vessels, Greg explores the textural boundaries of the clay body. His vessels are stretched, marked, torn and then salt fired to create a unique line of pots. Greg is the lecturer for ceramics at the West Coast College of TAFE, Carine Campus in Western Australia. He is currently President of the Ceramic Arts Association of Western Australia.

On Wednesday and Thursday he will be working with ART 261 and 361 for the entire day – throwing Wednesday morning, loading the wood kiln Wednesday afternoon and then firing the kiln all day Thursday.

Before Midterm (Oct 22)

October 8, 2008

ART 261 – For Midterm I will be looking at your first project (two Anthropomorphic Vessels) and your participation in the Pitfiring and Throwing classes between now and then.

ART 361 – For Midterm I will be looking at your first project (Parts I, II and III) and your participation in the woodfire next week.

ART 461 – For Midterm I will be looking at your Dinnerware sets and you preparation between now and October 22 for your independent study.

Midterm grades will be handed back on October 22.

Watch this space for your next assignments ART 261 and 361 (I will post them on the long weekend.)