Thursday, April 28, 2005

I feel like I'm blogging by faith right now. Something screwy is going on at Blogger, and another site is coming up at my address. I've emailed them about the problem, but no response as yet. So, I'm hoping that someone, somewhere, will be able to read this at some point.

Anyway, the spring semester is starting to wind down, which means that everything is due right now! Actually, I think I have things pretty well under control, just a couple of finals to study for. Both of my studio classes are done. We had our final critique today in drawing class, where we all pin our final drawing assignments to the wall and critique each other's work, and our teacher critiques them as well. Our final assignment was a self-portrait, detailed and done in front of a mirror in, as the teacher put it, "as little clothing as you are comfortable with." Can you say burka? :^) Actually, I contemplated my "outfit" for a couple of days, mostly trying to gauge what the other students would be doing about the assignment. After all, one wouldn't want to be over- or under-dressed for this particular party... As it turned out, I landed about in the middle on the class nudity scale. I went with bra and panties, so as you might imagine, this art project will not be showing up on my fotopage.

I do have some great photos of my finished work from ceramics class, which I hope to be able to put up soon, maybe after finals are over. Overall, I'm very pleased with the work I've done in both of my studio classes, but especially in ceramics class. I've never really thought of myself as a "3D person", as one of my classmates put it. I've always done drawing, painting, and calligraphy--all 2D media. So I wasn't sure how well I would do with the extra "D", so to speak.

There has been suffering for the art, however. My hands right now look like I've lost a fight with a mad cat, but actually I won the fight with one of my pots. The particular process used in this pot required that, after firing, you scrub off the wood ash from the glaze to bring out the color. Well, the glaze had, as it is supposed to, bubbled up on the pot, then settled, leaving tiny sharp points on parts of the the pot. As I was scrubbing the pot with my fingers and some grit used for the purpose, I noticed that the tips of my fingers were getting numb. When I washed my hands, they burned fiercely. I looked down, and had what looked like hundreds of paper cuts on my hands. But, the pot turned out better than I could have hoped for, and that's the important thing, yes? The process we used with this particular pot (raku) is not often used on pots as large as the one I did, and there was a very good chance that the pot would crack or break. It came through beautifully, though, and as soon as I get some breathing space, you'll be able to see it and the other ceramic pieces on the fotopage.

I guess that's all for now. Hopefully, you will all be able to actually read this soon. :^/

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