Final Narrative


To make the first piece, I used a pvc pipe to create the cylinder. From a slab rolled by the slab roller, I wrapped it around a newspaper covered pvc pipe to create the cylindrical shape. To create the second piece, I created coils and blended them together to smooth the exterior out. Each coil was slip and scored individually and attached to the base. The swirls on the top were also created from coils. The third piece was created from a pinch point and several additions. Lastly, the fourth piece was thrown and trimmed on the wheel.

My preferred style are pieces produced that are modern in line and shape. I like modern pieces that are clean cut and simplistic in their shape.


Artist Statement: Reliquary Box

For this project, my inspiration came from the social justice issue of food insecurity. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger and 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. This was an issue I wanted to represent on my box. To create this piece, I used six slabs that I measured and cut from slabs rolled from a slab roller. To attach the slabs together to form a box, I used an angle cutter to cut each side of the slabs, then slip and scored each side together. After creating the entire box, I attached the additions, removed clay to create depth, and carved into the clay to create the designs of the box. For the glazing of this piece, I used all underglazes. To complete this project, I used a fettling knife, a slab roller, a rolling pin, a pin tool, wooden tools, an angle cutter, a ruler, and a rib. While making this piece, I learned the technique of using an angle cutter to form the edges of a box and attach its sides together. Overall, this piece was one of the more difficult pieces I have created this semester. This piece took a few weeks to complete, but it was fairly successful. In the future, if I were to create another box, I would form a smaller box. The box I created was fairly large so it was difficult to create designs that would use the entire surface of the box.


Artist Statement: Final Project

My final project is a three-piece set consisting of a cup, shallow bowl, and plate. My inspiration came from the pieces below. I liked how the pieces had a similar pattern and all used some form of a line as a design. I wanted to make my final project with a similar cohesive design. To form the cup, I used a pvc pipe to create the cylinder. The cylinder was then stretched out to form a wider cup. I used a fettling knife to cut the waves on the top and a glaze pen to create the vertical lines. The shallow bowl was created by a pinch pot. I also used a fettling knife to form the waves on the top and a black glaze pen for the horizontal lines. Lastly, the plate was created from a circular slab base. The slab was rolled from the slab roller, and a coil was slip and scored to it. The coil was then blended into the slab and I used wooden tools to form the waves on the top. All three pieces used the same variety of glazes. Each piece was made with sea mix clay and had either silver gray, black, or dark gray underglaze on them. Overall, I think these pieces were successful, I really liked how they turned out.


Showcase Reflection


This paper piece by Sakura Kamioka is interesting to me because of the intricacy and detail that was required to create this piece. The detail within this piece can leave you loozing at it for hours. The colors chosen for this design really accentuate and complement the piece well. I like how bright and happy this piece makes the viewer feel. Lastly, the framing of this piece really enhances the professionality of it. When I look at this piece, I wonder how long it took to create it.



This piece by Kenny Koning is created with paper cones. To me, this piece looks like a bouquet of roses or flowers, and I find this artwork interesting because of the medium used to create this piece. I think it is very creative to use these paper cones to create something completely unrelated and abstract. I like how the simplicity and plain white color of this piece really highlights the shape of it. This piece is very thought-provoking because it makes me curious about the reasoning behind the creation of this piece as well as what the artist intended it to be.



This piece, “Whale vs. Life” by Tala Nayfeh is a foiled glass art. I found this artwork interesting because as I was reading the artist’s statement, I thought it was very interesting how she created an art that was three pieces but tied together to create one story.  I felt happy when I looked at this artwork because I liked the deeper meaning behind this piece; it made me think about how I thought about the world versus material objects. When I view this artwork, it makes me wonder what the artist’s inspiration behind the creation of this piece was.

Raku Firing

After rolling a slab and using a rib to smooth it out, I cut the clay into a rectangle. Then, I wrapped the slab around my newspaper-covered tube. After cutting the edges of the rectangle diagonally and slipping and scoring the edges to connect the edges of the slab, I cut a circular base. The base was then slipped and scored onto the existing clay. After smoothing the outside of the clay cylinder, the tube and newspaper were removed from the clay cylinder. Following the first firing, I glazed my cylinder with TZ Copper.


When firing our raku pieces, one safety measure was that all hair and sweatshirt drawstrings had to be tied back. Also, all of the students that helped handle the reduction bins had to wear heat gloves and safety glasses. The raku pieces were pulled for reduction at 1850 degrees Fahrenheit. We used garbage bins as reduction chambers to reduce the oxygen available to the raku pieces in order to give it the effect on the glazes. The order of pulling was TZ Copper, Dolphin, then White Crackle. The TZ Copper was pulled first because it needed the least amount of time to cool down for reduction to occur – 8 seconds, and White Crackle needed the most amount of time to cool down. To cause crazing in the White Crackle, our class blew on each of the pieces once they were removed from the kiln before placing them in the reduction chamber.

Mad Hatter Design


My teapot represents the Red Queen and her playing cards. The intended height for my teapot is 6 inches with a diameter of 4 inches. The two mugs represent the large chess pieces shown at the beginning of the movie. The intended height for my mugs is 4 inches with an intended diameter size of 3.5 inches. The saucers represent Time’s Grand Clock. The intended diameter of the saucers is 5.5 inches.


My artwork represents the playing cards from Alice in Wonderland. To create my teapot, I used coils. First, I created coils and smoothed them out to create a cylindrical shape. I created additional coils for the top design of my teapot and a heart-shaped coil for the spout. The lid was created from a circular template. I used sgraffito to carve out the playing card designs. My final teapot was completed in three firings. The two teacups were created from slabs. I wrapped the slabs around a pvc pipe to create their cylindrical shape and cut round bases from excess clay. For my teapot and tea cups, I created the handles from pulled slabs of clay. I did not use sgraffito on my tea cups, I carved out the heart shapes and glazed them after the first firing.  The tea cups were also completed in three firings. By creating this piece, I learned how difficult it is to create a vessel from coils, and I also learned the importance of proper slipping and scoring to ensure that nothing falls off of your piece when firing.

Final Ceramics Narrative


Some skills I have learned in class include: using underglaze and high-fire glaze, creating a pinch pot and foot, and using a rib, slip and score, and a wire cutter.


To create this Japanese Tea Bowl, I used the technique of wedging and created a pinch pot. I used a rib for the sides and slip and scored a foot on the bottom. The foot was created from a coil. I used high-fire glaze for this piece.


To create this relief tile, I began with a tile that was created by a slab roller. I used the addition and subtraction of clay to create the relief for my tile. I slip and scored the house on the tile. I used a combination of low and high-fire glazes.


To create this monster, I wedged the clay and created a pinch pot. I used a rib for the sides, and slip and scored all of the additions on. I used wooden tools to carve in the texture. I finished by using underglaze and a clear coat on most of my piece.

  • I think my preferred “style” is modern in line and shape. I like ceramics pieces with clear lines and clean glazing. I like pieces that have been created with a slab roller rather than with a pinch pot technique.


Artist Statements

Japanese Tea Bowl

For my tea bowl, I found inspiration from the wabi sabi techniques that were shown in class. I chose to create a summer tea bowl, so my piece is fairly wide and open-topped, not narrow like a winter bowl. To create this bowl, I began by wedging and creating a pinch pot. After refining my pinch pot, I attached a foot created from a coil. Finally, I attached my round sprig and imprinted a mountain design from a stamp I previously created in class. To reflect the typical glazes of a summer tea bowl, I chose to use the colors of Oatmeal Rust and Speckled Ivory because they are a lighter and fairly yellow color. By creating this tea bowl, I learned the process of designing a Japanese tea bowl, and how to create a uniform thickness throughout my bowl. For future projects, creating this tea bowl has allowed me to practice my glazing and refining skills.

My Little Monster

The inspiration for my smiling and happy monster came from the happy emoji with the squinty eyes and a smile. As seen in my sketches and plan, the monster attributions I included were: a horn, a tail, and a pair of fangs. Additionally, I included the bumps along the bottom of my monster to add texture. To create this piece, I began with a simple pinch pot to form the main body of my piece. I then slip and scored many additions to my piece to add the different characteristics of my monster. Lastly, I added the texture to the bottom of my piece. I decided to use bright underglazes to glaze this piece to further highlight the happy emotion of my monster. By creating this piece, I learned the importance of proper slip and score and blending to ensure any additions on my piece did not fall off.