Progress Reports

Spring Semester:

Progress Report 7:

Date of Submission: 5/11/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your project proposal?

I have since made a casserole dish, salad bowl, pitcher and salt and pepper shakers. I have also made another vase cernter piece which unfortunately did not turn out.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

The bottom of the vase was either a little too thick or was a little too wet or a combination of the two upon being put into the kiln to be fired. This led to the bottom cracking a little and a small piece blowing off.

3.  What is your next step?

My next step is to glaze these final pieces in preparation for the art show!

Progress Report 6:

Date of Submission: 4/26/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your project proposal?

I have completed most of my items from my table set. I have finished large plates (4), small plates (4), mugs (4), soup bowls (4) which are all fired and glazed. I also have unfired tumblers (4) and a giant salad bowl (1).

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have had a lot of fun experimenting with masson stained slip and decorating with that. It is difficult to paint with but I really like the final product.

3.  What is your next step?

I need to finish glazing and run a few test tiles. I also need to create at least one more serving dish, a vase as a center piece, salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, maybe candles.

Progress Report 5:

Date of Submission: 4/13/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal? Since coming off of my injury, I have been working on getting back into the swing of things. I started by throwing some small bowls and cups to shake off the dust. These were test examples of my dinner set I will be creating.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that it is a lot harder than it looks to create a set of pieces that all are relatively uniform, as close to identical as possible. Some times  I would go through ten bowls just to get four that were up to my standards.

3.  What is your next step?

I will continue working on the last pieces of my set!

Progress Report 4:

Date of Submission: 3/16/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I am unfortunately still sidelined due to my injury and haven’t been able to work in clay. I have began to further sketch out ideas for my project once I am cleared to work with clay again. I have decided more specific details to my table set including that I will be using slip colored with mason stain (blue) as my main means of detail and surface design in my set.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

It has been extremely hard not being able to work in clay, considering I am in the ceramics room about 2 hours a day! I am eager to get working again!

3. What is your next step?

At the moment, I have all the plans and materials I expect I will need to start up with the next project idea I sketched up, and I can’t wait to be able to do it!

Progress Report 3:

Date of Submission: 3/2/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

For the past month, since my burn injury, I have spent most of my time drawing and getting ahead on community connections, I finished the rest for the year. I also wrote down a list/plan/sketch of my next project I want to do which will most likely take me through the end of the year which is to make a full table setting for four.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that it is difficult to incorporate so many different pieces and aspects of a unified piece, such as my table setting, and make it all work and look nice without making every piece identical, same shape, color, etc. Planning ahead will save me more time once my hand is better and I can get started with the actual construction of my project.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is to run test tiles on glaze options and I would like to also order myself some new glazes to use on this project. I also hope to be throwing again soon! (Hopefully within a few days to a week)

Progress Report 2:

Date of Submission: 2/17/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

It’s been a couple of weeks since my burn and I still can’t do anything ceramics related. I spent the past week drawing with Mr. Williams and working on my self portrait for my portfolio review today, the 17th.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned to draw more loosely than I did before. Obviously, I could be looser, although for me I have made great strides compared to the intensely detailed drawings I used to do where I would not look outside of the tiny one by one inch square I was working on.  That was the major challenge that I faced besides the face that I can’t do any ceramics which is killing me.

3. What is your next step?

It’s not looking like I will be able to do ceramics for another couple of weeks so I will spend most of my planning for my next project once my hand is better and I am cleared to throw again.

Progress Report 1:

Date of Submission: 2/3/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I took a few days to throw cups and practiced throwing a casserole dish which is in preparation for my next project. I really needed to take a break from throwing large pieces for a little bit. Unfortunately I suffered from second degree burns and haven’t been able to throw for over a week and am still healing my hand.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

The casserole that I was making took me about 10 tries until I successfully threw one over the coarse of two or three days. I think that my problem may have been a combination of two things, the clay and the fact that I wasn’t making the base of it wide enough.

3. What is your next step?

Once my hand is fully healed and I am able to throw again I plan to complete this proposal of my lamps.

Fall Semester:

Progress Report 8:

Date of Submission: 1/6/12

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

My lamp has come out of the kiln! I did follow through with glazing it freckled brown and I have since put together my lamp kit (with the much appreciated assistance of Mr. Williams) and have also bought a few lamp shades.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that it is important to throw practice pieces. My first lamp is successful and I am really proud, although the shape could have been better. I have since thrown a second lamp base which I had modified from the first lamp’s shape, I think this one will turn out better.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is to make atleast 3 more lamps. That is my goal, atleast to have completed by the end of the year.

Progress Report 7:

Date of Submission: 12/16/11

1.What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

While waiting for my lamp to dry enough to be bisque fired, I threw a couple more vases, on the larger side.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned to take extra care for measurements, the hole for the cork at the top of my lamp base is a little too small for the cork so I have to trim the cork down so that it will fit. The next size down is too small.

3. What is your next step?

Today I plan to glaze my lamp along with my vases which came out of the kiln yesterday, so that they may be glaze fired this afternoon. I think I am going to use freckled brown on the lamp and play with various under glaze designs for the two vases I have left to glaze!

Progress Report 6:

Date of Submission: 12/2/11

1.What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I have since thrown my lamp base for my project! It took me a few tries but I finally did it.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I faced the challenge of bringing the top in small enough to fit the cork holding the electrical top part of the lamp. That was my downfall the first few attempts but I finally acheived it.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is to fire my lamp and run some test pieces forr a glaze or other surface design to do for my lamp. I also want to make another one!

Progress Report 5:

Date of Submission: 11/11/11

1.What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

Over the past three or four weeks, I’ve been throwing large vases. I knew that I needed to practice throwing larger before making my lamp, I couldn’t just sit down one day and use twice the amount of clay than I am used to throwing with. I’ve made about five vases. I had attempted a doublewalled piece a couple of times which were unsuccessfull I will attempt again but have decided that I am not going to do that for my lamp.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that when throwing larger pieces, it is more difficult to keep them centered when throwing them. For one because it is more difficult to keep your hand on the inside straight, and also because it is taller, gravity affects it and knocks it a bit off center as well. Although I in most cases I am able to fix it and get it back on center even being as tall as it is.

3. What is your next step?

After throwing test lamps and purchasing my lamp kit which contains all of the electrical wiring and such that I need, my next step is to simply throw my lamp which I am planning on doing either monday or tuesday of this week and I am so excited!

Progress Report 4:

Date of Submission: 10/28/11

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I finished carving the last two of my four candle lanterns. They each took a few days because of all the details and my obsessive perfectionism.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that sometimes things take longer than planned, but it is all worth while in the end. My initial goal was to make ten, but they were way more time consuming than I had intitially anticipated.

3. What is your next step?

I plan to make a couple more and in addition, I would like to take the techniques I used in carving these candle lanterns and in my next project I hope to create a lamp from a double walled piece that I will carve.

Progress Report 3:

Date of Submission: 11/23/11

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I have been making candle lanterns. Currently I have only completed making 4 of them though.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I have learned that they are a lot more time consuming than I had initially anticipated. My goal was to make 10 and I have only finished 4. Carving out the little details take a long time.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is to make a few more and then to glaze them!

Progress Report 2:

Date of Submission: 10/2/11

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I have just finished creating the last pieces to my tea set, including finishing carving all of the pieces. I also created a handful of test tiles with the same carved design so I can test out glazes. They just came out of their first firing, and I will be glazing them this coming week along with begining my next project.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

The only challenge that I faced was loosing a cup and having to create replacements of the same size. Also, I am still working on deciding which glaze will look the best.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is running this test tiles and choosing which glaze to use. Then I will be on to my next project!

Progress Report 1:

Date of Submission: 9/19/11

1. What have you been doing and how does it relate to your Project Proposal?

I have been working on a tea set which includes cups, saucers, creamer and sugar bowl as well as the pot itself with carved detail which is what I proposed.

2. What have you learned? What challenges have you faced?

I learned that hand carving something can take a lot of time and I need to time it in the drying process perfectly in order to carve it more easily. Also that no two items have the exact same pattern but are very very similar which I like. The only real challenge that I faced is that one of my tea cups did not dry at the same speed as the rest so it had dried out to much to carve so I have t make a replacement.

3. What is your next step?

My next step is the prepare more clay and create the replacement cup and the four saucers to complete the set. Then I need to hand carve those last pieces and then get everything fired and choose a glaze!

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