Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Creative bowl Analysis

 I was inspired to make this bowl when we went on our "field trip" for ceramics. While I was there, i saw a really beautiful bowl that I wanted to recreate, I knew that I would do it for my creative project. The bowl itself was done pretty quickly because I had already done bowls many times, the carving was very interesting. I put the bowl on the wheel and started to carve small convcaved lines onto it, it was a very interesting process especially seeing how it turned out afterwords. The glaze used in the project really brought out the ore shallow parts. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Vase analysis

For my vase set, my wrist still hadn't fully recovered and so Ms. Ariani still had to center for me. This project was probably one of the hardest that we had because we had to have a shape in mind of what we wanted to do, sometimes it wouldn't even work, above all, we had less time. Working in a short amount of time was stressful, for example: I tried to make about 4 vases, one of them didn't work on the wheel, one didn't turn out the way I wanted it to (even though I still have it) and only two of them I was satisfied with. The process of me making the vase was also challenging on itself, Ms. Ariani basically made a whole vase for me because the walls were wobbly, she then had to try and help me fix it, in doing so the pot was basically ready. Out of the two vases project before this one, I think that the bowl was the easiest of all three, it was easier to fix because a bowl is wider on the top. What I found that I went through most difficulty on the vase process was that since the walls would go in and out, the harder it was to have it stable. I wish that I could throw on the wheel now where I feel more comfortable with my wrist again, imagining myself throwing again just makes me remember how bad I was at centering and etc. The funnest part of this whole process was when I was deciding what I wanted to glaze it, I got my inspiration from a vase I saw online (I believe, even though it wasn't completely the same) and decided to stick with the rough theme and the smoother theme. On the top half of my vases I made it a bluish smooth color, and on the bottom half I made it grey and rough. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to be, the contrast and the feel between the two colors really turned out great in my opinion.


bigger vase:

This vase was the fourth vase I made, it was challenging at first because it wasn't even supposed to turn out this way. As mentioned before there was a vase that became very wobbly and Ms. Ariani had to "save it", in doing so this vase was BORN!

smaller vase:

This was the third vase I made, (the first two, one didn't work and one didn't come out the way I planned it). I really liked the shape that it turned out, it so small and cute, I can still see that the bottom is kind of thicker then the rest of the clay, and I precisely remember that when I finished with this vase, there was water inside that I had forgotten to take out when I was throwing. I then went with a sponge tied to a metal rod to remove the water from the inside. I believe that both vases complement each other and the glaze really adds to it.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

literature e sociedade: a cultura do estupro

A cultura do estupro no Brasil é um assunto comum para a nossa sociedade, mas realmente o povo esquece, e só se lembra quando acontece novamente; quando o noticiário anuncia um estupro coletivo no Rio, por exemplo. A noticia da menina no Rio puxou a atenção de muita gente por volta do mundo. A cultura de estupro no Brasil existe, junto com a ignorância do assunto, um ato inesquecível para as vitimas reconhecidas e esquecidas do noticiário. objetivando a mulher (em ocasiões, o homem) ao invés de ve-la(o) como uma pessoa e vitima. A menina vista como um troféu e o menino como um desafio. Quando que virou "ok" na nossa sociedade o estupro de uma menina de 16 anos?
A cultura do estupro no Brasil é presente, e é definida como a sociedade interpreta a notícia. As pessoas acreditam em assuntos da sociedade que são limitadas, que a cultura do estupro expandiu: "Ela estava pedindo" "A mente dela(e) era mais matura do que o corpo dela(e)." Porém, essas visões que as pessoas vêem ao respeito do estupro não são justificadas pelas razões dos outros, por que ao fim: "não significa não.”
Além disso também há a perspectiva que a literatura tem na cultura do estupro, por exemplo: no Macunaíma, o estupro e o sexo é representado como uma brincadeira. E ainda mais, o Macunaíma é retratado como o superior no livro e então a Ci não tem direito de expressar sua opinião. No Cortiço também a esposa do Miranda finge estar dormindo e ele estupra ela, pensado que eu ela esta dormindo, porém ela esta acordada mas simplesmente não faz nada au respeito.
Uma população ampla do povo brasileiro tentam se afastar ou negam que a cultura do estupro no Brasil existe. E ainda com os fatos que até uma semana antes do estupro coletivo no Rio houve um outro caso no Piauí. a cultura cresce mas as pessoas esquecem quem temos que lutar contra isso, impedir que isso vire uma coisa constante. Porque aliás, sair no meio da noite, nem pensar, o medo de andar na rua depois das oito espalha e a cultura cresce exponencialmente.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wheel Bowl analysis

For my wheel project, I had a struggle with the process, I injured my wrist and it became not possible for me to throw and center my work. Fortunately, Ms. Ariani was able to help me, by centering my piece and I would work from there on out. Since I had just returned from Big 4 as well, I had forgotten some of the basic movements of for creating a piece. Every ceramics piece must start with a cylinder, with the knowledge I had gathered from my past project, I made a hole in the middle of the clay, expanded, raised the walls and etc. To create a bowl we had to push the inner part of the cylinder outwards, so it would create a bowl shape. I tried to make my bowl have a similar shape, but its hard to make them all similar! The rim of the bowl had to curve a bit in, some of my project don't have that. However, I chose the bowls that I liked the best and created a set after that. 
I feel as both of the processes of a cylinder and a bowl are very similar. However I came to figure out that the bowl was easier for me because most of my cylinders at first were all bit leaning outwards, which I could work with that on a bowl. Now, making a cylinder is no problem, because its the beginning to all the work in ceramics so its something we have to get used to. 
There is one bowl in specific that I really enjoyed making, its the biggest bowl of my set, I used more clay then I normally use, it was much harder then I expected to work with more clay, so that when raising the walls it wouldn't create a spiral. I had to cut the top of the bowl several times because it almost became flat. Ms. Ariani helped my raise it so that I wouldn't waste that much clay, then I worked on the process again and started to form a nice bowl. It is even and thin, and one of the best bowls I have made even gone through a big process of saving it. 


In order you see (left to right):
-The bowl I was talking about (the one that had to go through a big process)
-the first test bowl for the glaze that I would be doing on my other bowls (it has been a bit altered)
-the first layer for one of the bowls in my set with glaze
-all my bowls (set), plus one that was firing.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wheel bowl Process

I have recently finished my bowl set, I had the mishappening of not being able to throw bowls for a long time, I actually still cannot throw alone. Throwing these bowls was much more different than it had been before. Since I cannot force my right hand, Ms. Ariani had to center for me and I would work from there. This experience was very different considering that I don't have full control of what Im doing. Adding to this, I was also absent for a week because of Big 4 which caused me to move backwards in progress. Without throwing for a couple of weeks (during big 4 and the week after in which my wrist was hurt) I was a bit without practice. At first I had forgotten the correct progress but afterwords my memory came back to me. First off, get a wooden plate and put it on your wheel. then get a bowl to put water, with a sponge, a needle point, and a wooden rib. After preparing and centering (by ms. Ariani), create a whole in the middle, slowly open from the bottom, open the top after the bottom of the cylinder is open, start raising the walls and moving it outwards. Make sure to have the walls even in length, and take your time so that it doesn't create a spiral. Make the top part of your bowl that you are creating incline a bit in so it creates a bowl shape. Take a sponge and remove excess water from within the bowl and the wooden plate. Finally, wire your bowl underneath and set to dry.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wheel Analysis

After finishing the extruder project we moved on to work on the wheel. When I first saw the process of the wheel it looked like a rather simple process to do. I was very anxious to start on working at the wheel, it turned out to be much harder than I had anticipated. I had a lot of struggle adjusting my technique. Through working on the wheel we had to improve and work on centering, make the hole in the middle, opening the cylinder, and raising the walls and above that being able to manage and control our time in our working period of class.

To start this project was very complicated and difficult especially since it was very different from what I had ever done before and much harder than I expected it to be. Centering had been the hardest thing for me since the beginning, of course a lot of my pot also broke or became wobbly while in the process of raising the walls as well. I found this to be that it was because I would raise the walls and then go back down with my fingers which would make it uneven. I had a lot of questions while improving on the wheel, a lot of my skills were improved over time as well such as learning how to properly raise the walls, always have control making the hole (with two hands) and opening the bottom, along with other things as well. 

On my first pots is where I can tell the problems that I had done. the bottom of my pot, inside, was very thick around the edges, which would make it sort of lifted on the sides, plus a lot of my cylinders have very thick bases. I had to be able to control the strength I put on the pot. As for making the walls equal, by using the rib, I noticed that I had been doing it wrong for a long time and finally corrected it. I hadn't put another hand inside when I was making it straight witch caused it to be even more wobbly than I wanted. This I later fixed by put a hand inside and slowly bringing it up to stable the pot.

One of the things I had kept in mind while throwing was to make sure I would have a set by the end, now, I can see that I have enough to make a set. It can be noticed that only one pot of my set was one of my initial pots, for the other ones weren't quite a cylinder but more opened or something of the sort. My recent cylinders have improved a lot more, I now take more time while centering and pay more attention to how a apply force and move through my project. All in all, I have still a lot of improvement to make even though I have already improved a ton from my initial start.

For decorating my set, Im working on a sample on another pot I have so I can see if I like the pattern, I want it to be with brighter colors rather than darker, and sort of be elaborated. Will add pictures when done:

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Process & help on Wheel

Contrary to what I had expected, the wheel is much harder than it looks. Centering a pot is one of the hardest parts of the whole process. To begin we first have to prepare a small piece of clay. We then attach our bored to the wheel, fill a "bowl" with water and get the three instruments we need: the rib, the needle point and a sponge. First try to place your small ball of prepared clay in the middle of the bored, make sure its attached to the bored by pressing down. Then, add water and begin to spin very fast. place your elbow on your stomach so you can have more power to center the clay. Interlock your fingers so that your other hand is gently on the other side of the small piece of clay. Keep adding water and putting force onto the arm that has the elbow on your stomach so that the call stabilizes itself. Even after going through the process again, I still don't understand why its so hard for me to center. I have difficulty keeping the clay steady. I don't think I know exactly where to apply force, which makes it harder to know how to correct my mistakes. Not only centering but also when raising the walls, normally my hands get dry or get unbalanced and it starts to get messy and sometimes I end up ruining the pot. the bottom inside of the pot is also something that I have to work on because I could expand the inside more instead of keeping it too think.

Three of my pots drying.