1. Alien Skull Study
2. The Ridges Insane Asylum
3. Shell & Basket’ Sprig Mold Study
4. Wine Bottle with Matches
6. Spikey Teddy Bear
6. Executive Coin Counter as Payphone
7. Pair of Ice Skates as Still Life Supply Shelf
8. 10 minute Self-portrait
9. 3 Minute Circular Figure Study
10. Value Group Drawing
1. Alien Skull Study

2013

14 L x 10.5 W x 18.5 H

Cone 04 oxidation. Hand-built and carved red earthenware with sprayed white Rust-Oleum.

Skull Anatomy assignment, Foundations 3D Studies

Two classes are spent with students on anatomy slide lectures and charcoal still life drawings from an example skull. Students are then sent home with the assignment of researching skull specimens, and to bring research photos from medical textbooks, museums, etc to class. Students are given a solid mound of clay and tasked with building a replica of their chosen skull, replicating scale, form, detail, etc.  After firing, students were given allowance to finish or treat the surface in whatever material they chose. These particular examples are from freshmen foundations students enrolled in 3D Design, both of whom have not previously worked with ceramics.

2. The Ridges Insane Asylum

2013

14 L x 10 W 12 H

Cone 10 reduction. Wheel thrown, altered and assembled grey stoneware. Shino, glossy black & liner white glaze.

Wheel Thrown Building Replica Assignment, Intro to Ceramics: Wheel

For this final project of the semester, beginning wheel students are tasked with going out into town and choosing a building that they find either architecturally dynamic and interesting, or have a special and personal connection to. Students are required to come to the next class with sketches, photographs and birds-eye views of their chosen building. Using only wheel thrown parts that are then altered and assembled, students must create a miniature replica of their building that measures 12 inches minimum in the smallest dimension. Students are allowed to edit and tweak which details they choose to include and omit, but defining features and characteristics of the building are required to be included, causing students to evaluate which physical features do and don’t matter in the overall design and meaning of their chosen structure. Students are given the option to ‘interpret’ their finished sculpture based upon the purpose, meaning or context of their original chosen structure, but such interpretations must be considered and defended.

3. Shell & Basket’ Sprig Mold Study

2013

16 L x 10.5 W x 10 H

Cone 04 reduction. Sprig mold assembled and altered red earthenware. Bart’s Bronze glaze.

Sprig Mold Construction assignment, Beginning Handbuilding

Over the course of Spring Break, students are asked to collect a minimum of 10 small objects under 4 inches in size that they find conceptually or physically unusual and interesting. Students are then asked to choose one of these objects that they find particularly compelling and create a sprig mold of that object out of plaster. Students then are tasked with creating a sculpture that connects and relates conceptually to their small original object. Students must use the positive casts from the sprig mold as either the building blocks of the sculpture, or as the surface decoration of the sculpture. In critique, students must defend their choice of object and its conceptual connection to their final sculpture.

4. Wine Bottle with Matches

2013

8 L x 8 W x 12.5 H

Wine bottle, hot glue, matches.

Connected Object as Surface assignment, Foundations 3D Studies

Students are asked to bring in an object at least 8 inches in its smallest dimension. Students are then tasked with forming a protective layer over the object using a material that is conceptually opposite to the purpose or concept of their original object. In critique, students must defend their choice of object vs. material and their craftsmanship.

6. Spikey Teddy Bear

2013

9 L x 7 W x 12 H

Found teddy bear, metal thumbtacks, hot glue

Connected Object as Surface assignment, Foundations 3D Studies

6. Executive Coin Counter as Payphone

2013

Sharper Image coin counter, acrylic paint

Camouflaged Object assignment, Foundations 3D Studies

During class students are sent out into the art building and tasked with photographing areas that are ignored, unseen, or hidden. As homework, students are required to find and bring to class five objects that are at least 8 inches in their smallest dimension, and that somehow relate conceptually to one or more of the spaces that they have documented. They then must decide on a place/object pairing and, through any surface treatment available to them, blend their object seamlessly into its associated location. During critique, students must defend their object/place pairing and successfulness/skill of camouflaging their object.

7. Pair of Ice Skates as Still Life Supply Shelf

2013

Found ice skates, acrylic paint

Camouflaged Object assignment, Foundations 3D Studies

8. 10 minute Self-portrait

2012

18 W x 24 H

Compressed charcoal, conté crayon on rag paper

The Figure: Drawing Studies

9. 3 Minute Circular Figure Study

2012

18 W x 24 H

Vine charcoal on newsprint

The Figure: Drawing Studies

Students must render form and shape the body on paper using only a continuous circular hand motion. No angles or straight lines are allowed

10. Value Group Drawing

2012

Vine charcoal on newsprint

Foundations 2D Studies

Students are each given a color, high-resolution 8 x 8 inch section of a mystery photograph. Students must proportionally scale up their individual photograph using the grid method, and then replicate –again, proportionately – the information contained in the image. In addition to proportion and scale, students must also translate color values to black and white values using vine charcoal. At the end of the class, students are told that they must assemble the completed image on the wall using only their charcoal drawings as reference to its order. After this is done, the original photographs are assembled, and the class has a discussion/critique of their comparisons, thoughts and experience.