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.

Flashing Slip and Thoughts on Art School and Being an Artist

September 29, 2008

A bit about Flashing Slip for those of you who are interested in using the slip for the Wood Firing coming up soon. What a flashing slip is a slip made of clay that will react well with the atmosphere in the wood kiln (the wood ash and the salt we will be adding). Some clays, such as the ones we are using in class, can be rather bland in the wood fire and a good flashing slip can help with this. Below are some links to some images of artists whose work are fired in atmosphere and use flashing.

Tom Rohr

Greg Crowe

Julia Galloway

Ian Jones

Also, take a look at this articile where some artists talk about Art School, why they choose art and their own individaul pathes (including Grayson Perry and David Shrigley)

Time Art School

1000 Miles Apart!

September 3, 2008
Carole Epp

Carole Epp

1000 Miles Apart is an annual student conference held in rotation by the University of Manitoba, Red Deer College, Alberta College of Art and Design and the University of Regina. This year the conference will be held at the University of Regina from October 2 – 5 with most events being held on the 3 and 4. Each conference features a number of different artists lectures, artist demonstrations, art shows, occasional competitions and other fun events. It is not only a great way to learn a massive amount of new knowledge but also a great way to see other schools and meet other student artists.

This year the featured artists are Carole Epp and Brendan Tang and the keynote speaker is Charles Mason, head curator of the Gardiner Museum.

Here are some links for the artists: