For my clay tile I decided to use the image of a forest park/national park. I chose this scene for my tile because I thought it could give good additive and subtractive features with the trees, trail, and mountains. But over all the clay tile project was a way for students to explore an image and bring it to life with additive and subtractive features with also using our imagination. My clay tile represents place because it is a place in the world where I want to go and explore.
But between this tile project and the clay whistle project, I would have to say that the whistle was more difficult because with the whistle you had to first create the whistle and then think of a creative idea and build it off of the whistle without loosing the sound of your whistle. Where as the tile is just a flat piece of clay and you just sculpt by adding and taking away clay. But I do think that I enjoyed the clay whistle project because it did have a lot of detail and now o have a cool whistle that I can say I made. I found that finding a perfect image for my tile was a little hard. And also making the big tree in the foreground as well as the smaller trees in the middle ground were surprisingly difficult to make without the clay falling apart. And if part of it did fall apart it would either be very hard to put back together or I would have to get a new little piece to make a new little tree. But overall I throughly did enjoy this project and I love working with clay.
For my clay whistle design and inspiration I decided to use a brown bear holding a bee hive, with three little bees flying around. My clay whistle, in my eyes, is successful because it does make a whistle which is a very low or deep beautiful sound to match its personality. Now that it’s painted, I think that it brings the bear to life and gives it a lot of characteristics. But some challenges when painting the whistle included the struggle of reaching the small cracks and crevices around the bear and also coloring the bees was hard too because they were so small. If I could start this project completely over I don’t really think that I would change anything at all other than maybe adding a little more detail and making scratches in the surface of the clay to represent the fur. But other than that i love my whistle and the deep tone it makes to match its personality. Even though my bear has a personality it also has an and identity as a brown bear.
This project was basically just making a clay whistle and then creating a more complex character or object out of it. From my plain clay whistle I transformed it into a bear with soon to be flying bees. The bear is also holding a bee hive and that is where the bees are going to be coming out of. I definatly feel that this project was much harder than the Pinch Pot because this project had much more careful clay designs and attachments while the Pinch Pot was really very simple. I think that I enjoyed this clay whistle project more than the Pinch Pot because it was so much fun to create, design and think of. I also love being able to hear the whistle. I personally thought that attaching the bear’s body to the actual whistle was quite challenging and my teacher needed to help me on that but all of the other designs and processes were fairly easy but some of them just took a little time to perfect. To finish my clay whistle I will be painting my bear a black or brown color then with the sgraffito Tool and paint I will make lots of little fine marks to represent the bears fur, also for the bees it will paint them yellow and black with white wings. Once I have painted it them I will add a couple layers of glaze to get more shine. I have truly had a lot of fun with this clay whistle project and am excited for the next one.
My pinch pot is simply made out of clay. To create the bowl I used the pinching method in order to make the pot, and then for the feet of my pot are just little cylinders attached as animal feet. My design I was going for was a pig with simple features such as, feet a nose and ears. Then I used the sgraffito technique to create little marks in the skin to look like the fine hairs pigs have. From my personal view, I think that the top bowl part is successful because it has a smooth top and edges as well as the clean and careful design on the outside. The idea of a pig to be a pinch pot bowl juxtaposes very well together because of the thought of a piggy bank. And the bowl can represent the bank part of the pig.
If I could start completely over on my pinch pot I think that I would change my design and make more of a sgraffito imprint instead of more clay appearance. And for the feet of the pot I would make more of s round or circular plain stand just to keep the base simple but the overall design more complex.