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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Woodfired tea set on: March 02, 2009 07:14:57 AM
Well, I hand-built this tea set in like, November and December for my ceramics class, and just got it back yesterday Cheesy. We were going to get pieced woodfired, but unfortunately, there was incidents both with the teacher completing some thesis work and not having the time to do a woodfire this semester, but when they were ready to fire our pottery over winter break when I was out of the country, the bad weather here prevented them not only from driving to the nearest kiln, but the foot-and-a-half of snow that Oregon never gets caused some damage to the facilities. But eventually, the woodfiring commenced.

the slightly artistic shot of just the teacups

two of them cracked, so I really only have six, but photographing eight looked better ^^

the teapot holds about 4 cups of liquid without spilling. I think it would hold about five if I had angled the spout better, but this is only my second teapot.

the little handle came off fo the lid, but I expect some superglue will fix that.

Thanks for looking, I had a good time making this Smiley
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photography- Roman ruins in Morocco on: January 06, 2009 01:42:44 PM
A few pictures of Volubilis, a very large set of Roman ruins in Morocco (It's in North Africa if you don't know) which still have some intact mosaics even after numerous generations and an earthquake, and an incident with a sultan taking the marble facade for a palace in Meknes.
I'm really liking this Christmas break ^^

Overall shot of what may have been a church at one time...

my fiance looking at a dam.. this was on the drive to the town

mosaic! It was very rainy, hence the shiny.

Me, on some steps, to what may have been a government building

Really cool old arch

Thanks for looking!

23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / another labyrinth sculpture, and a weirdly-shaped mug! on: December 02, 2008 01:42:22 PM
I made a sculpture inspired by the movie The Labyrinth a few years ago, and it was the most time-consuming thing I've ever made in a ceramics class. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181908.msg1892078#msg1892078
Completely on a whim, I decided to make a smaller, quicker version in my current ceramics class.

considering it only took me a few hours to make, I really like how the thing turned out! The glaze is too shiny for this piece, but oh well.

the plain back

top view!

and here is an experimental mug. Experimental because I had very bad luck throwing mugs in this class, and accidentally destroyed two others that day ><
So I was preparing to trim the piece, but it fell on the floor, and dented one side. Deciding to not waste the still-intact form, I flattened the other side by dropping it again, trimmed it as well as I could, and stuck on a handle.

I'm not crazy about the glaze, but I would totally keep and use this mug if I hadn't stuck the handle on at an angle that's really awkward to use if you're right-handed. Instead I'll give it to a left-handed friend.

top view. It looks much flatter in real life, for some reason.

Thanks for looking!
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / cobalt blue teapot! on: November 28, 2008 03:43:48 PM
I made a teapot! I'm very happy, as it's the first ceramic thing I made in a year or two.

with lid off...

25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / My new ceramic pieces-dinnerware! on: November 13, 2008 07:44:29 PM
I made a lot of little dishes. First tiems I've ever gotten successful pieces from the wheel.

Anyhoo, here they are.

I don't really like the glaze on this one, but the cup was really cute.

I wish it was a little bigger ^^

This scraffitto turned out pretty cool, but we had no clear glaze, so I used celadon, and it made uneven green spots. Next time I may use shino and see what happens.

26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / non-archetectonic coil vase-thing! on: November 02, 2008 09:42:26 PM
We had to make coil vessels in my ceramics class that were over 10 inches tall, and one that left the coils visible, and another that had them smoothed out, but it had to be textured. I don'[t actually like texturing most of my ceramic pieces, I like the challenge of smoothing it out, but this piece was a pretty fin, silly one.

the professor said it took on a bit of a "snowman" shape, so to make him happy, I made it into a pitcher. It workes better that way, I think.

this being my first time using high-fire clay/glazes, I was unprepared for the high amount of drips. Also, my handle cracked a bit, but it was fixable with some glue.

for height comparison, next to a can of caulk. Yes I do keep a can of caulk in my dorm room. keave me alone ><

and without flash.

thanks for looking at my first real foray back into ceramics after two years ^^
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Some sort of steampunk! on: November 01, 2008 11:05:55 AM
I couldn't exactly decide between dirigible-pilot steam punk and lady-scientist steam punk. A lot of people thought I was Amelia Earhart. People were amused even though a lot of people didn't figure it out.

so I traipsed about my college dressed ridiculously all day, and it was fun. It actually sparked a long conversation about steampunkery with my former math professor, which was most entertaining.

Vader and I like to hang out. He doesn't usually threaten my life, but whatever.

pilots/scientists like to hang out with lumberjacks, too.

this is a very crappy pic, but it shows most of the costume. Not my awesome boots, but still...

sleep deprivation, but it shows you the top half...

I will update this with better pictures if I can finds some. The costume consists of an altered and tea-dyed ruffly shirt, an blue vest, an orange tiered skirt and a gray one that I dyed and sewed to look a little bit like a bustle, leggings, motorcycle boots, a jacket, and of course, goggles. I only altered about half of the stuff, but I think it was fairly convincing ^^

Thanks for looking!
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / medical illustration: skull cross-section! on: October 27, 2008 09:54:42 PM

Dang do I love medical illustration. It is all I have wanted to draw lately. This is a cross-section of a skull, obviously.
Just for fun, I thought I should show the in-between stages of drawing.

initial layout...


29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Medical illustration: thoracic section on: October 22, 2008 09:23:45 AM
A while back I posted some of my medical-type arts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224182.msg2422937#msg2422937), and here is another one I did recently:

It's pretty accurate, though I did lose count of cervical plexus (nerve) roots and those are a bit off.

I drew this same photo a couple years ago, and I wanted to see how I've progressed in my drawing of medical-type things. The old drawing is in the above-mentioned post. hope you like it Smiley
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrinky dinks made from old packaging! on: October 16, 2008 10:28:14 PM
Hooray for shrinky dinks! But some of us don't feel like actually paying for/ driving to a place that sells shrink plastic, so you can always just make your own.

So this project was just a very quick prototype, but I had seen this idea used before, and I happened to have some plastic packaging lying around, so I felt like trying this. Being a bio major approaching midterms, I have to do small projects to keep sane Cheesy

Here is what you will need:

sharpie, and packaging like this. a lot of times restaurants give you these for your leftovers.
You could probably sand one side if you wanted to use pencils etc. on this.

Cut the shape you want and draw. If you want to punch holes, now would be a good time. I have a drill, so I'll do that later.

I put mine in the oven for maybe a minute at 350 degrees F and it got warped, I probably could do it slower at a lower temp and get smoother results, but this was an experiment.

yaaay, free shrinky dink! And my hand was stained by a leaky bottle of malachite green in micro lab, so I'll have a green thumb for a few days.
The word is "faith" in Arabic, if you want to know.
thanks for looking!

Edit: Make sure you use type 6 plastic (you can look for the little recycling logo that's usually on the bottom of containers, and there will be a number inside the logo) for best results. It's possible that this gives off fumes as well (though I have never noticed) so if you are worried about such things, I would do this in a well ventilated area. I've enjoyed seeing pictures of things people have tried with this!
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