3D Art Final

     During my freshman year in 3D art, I learned how to mold and make a pinch pot starting from just a simple, small, ball of clay. My inspiration for my pinch pot was a pig. I chose a pig because it reminded me of a piggy bank that you can put coins or other items in. Over all the bowl was not very big, but it was a perfect size with four little feet to hold him up and also little marks in the dark black skin, made from the technique of scriffito.

      Also in the clay unit of 3D art I was able to, and learned how to, make a clay whistle. And my clay whistle was inspired by the brown bear while also holding a bee hive. When creating my bear whistle I used the principles and elements of identity, shape, color and also form to bring my bear to life and make a beautiful deep sound. I used identity and shape to create the bears look and give him character, while form was used to create the whistle at first and then the bears body. And of course color was painting the bear and giving him a more defined life and characteristics. All of these elements and principles came and worked together perfectly to give this bear a personality and a beautiful sound to describe himself.

     Later on towards the end of the year, the class was given the opportunity of making a Viking Knit bracelet. I, of course, took up the offer and decided to try it out myself. My bracelet is made up of copper and silver wire all bent and Knit together with a few small pinkish beads to complete the look. And like I said previously, this bracelet is made completely of wire and metal with a few beads thrown in as well. This bracelet represents, to me, beauty, wealth, and importance. Which is exactly why I decided to give it to my mother on Mothers Day this year. Even though the bracelet is made of relatively thin metal, I still believe that the meaning will never change because I worked very hard on it to make it perfect for my mother.

     The last project that I have chosen to talk about and describe is one of my wood projects, in fact it was my final wood project. This project was over all a little challenging to make only because it took a lot of measuring and preciseness because each student was given only one board of thin wood to make their final project and no more. My final wood project was two decks of playing cards and the cards were moving/floating to the next pile. During this project I feel that my strengths were measuring and cutting the wood into similar pieces but getting all of the pieces exactly the same and also assembling them with hot glue was a challenge. And if I could go back to this assignment and or re-due it I think that I would chose a different topic or make something different than a bunch of cards because it was a little too simple for my liking personally.

     But looking back over this whole year in 3D art, I have loved all the projects, accept the wire unit, and had such a great time getting to use my imagination and just have fun with my friends in the class. In the future I am planning to take a couple more art classes mainly photography and AP photography because personally I have been doing photography outside of school for many, many years.  

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Artist Who Work in Wood

          The piece of artwork that I have decided to look more closely at is a beautiful wood sculpture,which are spheres, that are complicated in their own ways. These two hallow spheres presents on the outside many delicate and smooth circles that are placed with percision that compose the difference between the small and the larger circles surrounding the whole sphere. In addition the two spheres are made from local hardwood trees such as the Big Leaf Maple and also the Pacific Madrone. And because of the two different types of hardwood trees used I can only infer that this is the cause of the beautiful color difference between the two works of art.

          To my knowledge I think that these two pieces of artwork use the principals of shape, balance, and also texture. The wood spheres use the principals of shape to distinctively show their beautiful shape and how it was carfully carved. The principal of balance was in hand with these two pieces of work because of the distinguish and spread of the larger and smaller circles and how they vary around each other. And finally the principal of texture plays a role in this unique artwork because of the smooth and delicate movements from the carpenter.

          From how I view the artwork I think that these pieces would be a great use for decoration, maybe to hold something that would be genial on the piece but still prove a point. As I have stated before these spheres are made out of local hardwood trees like the Pacific Madrone and the Bug Leaf Maple too. And from my perspective I am thinking that it was a perfect idea to create artwork from hardwood because the explanation is in the name of the wood, hardwood, it is sturdier and tougher than other woods so it will present its shape and design better. Dale Larson, the creator of this art work and much more, has done an amazing job with the whole look, purpose, and function  of the items that he has made.

         In conclusion I think that these two spheres are both beautiful pieces of artwork that have great detail, craftsmanship, and time put into them. I overall loved taking a closer look at these pieces because it has showed me just how complicated they are and how hard they are to make. I would 100% recommend to anyone who wants to find some well made and authentic bowls, sphere artwork, and other wood sculptures to take a look into Dale Larson’s work and what he has done.

-Emma Fentz

Dale Larson’s websitehttp://www.finewoodartists.com/gallery/larson/dale_larson.htm