The last time I worked with clay was over 20 years ago. So, at the beginning of the semester, I was not feeling as confident as I do about my other artistic pursuits. But I dove in despite how I felt and found a new artsy interest. Professor Santos puts up with incessant question-asking among 25 other needy students. He says my payment (in jest), is looking at cute photos of his new puppy on his cell phone. Not a bad bargain I’d say. Jolly is Professor Santos, however, he is quite strict with the handling of his classroom environment and students. Showing up late to his class would be noticed and poor cleanup means the next class ends early for double the amount of cleanup time. I’m sure that many students would think it would be an easy ride to chock up some units, but not. He has us on a new project almost every week and our projects have to be created within certain guidelines within deadline. For some perfectionistic students like me, it means visiting ceramics outside of class time… not a problem! I never would have thought a ceramics class would be so intense, but I appreciate it. I have to say, Santos is a serious Professor of Pottery!
Porcelain vase with Mishima decorative Technique
This piece was not a part of the curriculum; this was an extra project of mine.
Pinch Pot with Mishima decorative technique
Like the project above, this was an extra project of mine.
Assignment was to create an asymmetrical, coil mug or jug with attachments such as a nose or handle. We could use slip, glaze or engobe.
Fire Deity Mug
Assignment was to create 2-3 sushi plates with feet with varied slip decorating techniques. I created four sushi plates with trailing, Mishima, stenciling and sgraffito and marbling slip decorating techniques.
Assignment was to create four pinch pots with varied glaze application techniques. One pinch pot was required to have texture. The glaze techniques were pouring, dipping, painting (low fire glaze), and combo glaze and stain on fourth pot.
I cursed a lot while making these. Potter’s wheel is so challenging; I have a long way to go to get a hang of it.
Slab construction piece
The assignment was to construct something such as an old ruin with slabs and a curved slab piece. Prior to construction, I created a feathered design with slip on my slabs. Then, I constructed the piece when the clay was leather-hard.
Assignments • Four pinch pots with feet with varied glaze application techniques • Two sushi plates with feet with varied slip decorating techniques • Slab construction piece on clay slab plate with feet and rounded slab attachment (to be posted soon) • Coil mug or jug with asymmetrical design and attachments along with engobe slip/glaze • Two thrown pots and/or one cylindrical vase