This has been a whirlwind of a semester! It’s been possibly the hardest and most stressful, but also possibly the most rewarding semester I’ve ever had to. I learned so much and have grown a lot as an artist. I made the decision to take four studio classes while also taking Aesthetics, which wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I had several people tell me it was a stupid idea, but I’m hard headed and did it anyway. I had never taken a class that involved as much reading as Aesthetics, and it was hard reading. Kant and Heidegger were brutal! So between that and the amount of time you have to put into studio classes its safe to say I didn’t have a lot of free time. Here are some highlights from this crazy semester!
I’m going to a a larger post on NCECA later, but it was such a HUGE part of this semester, so I felt like I needed to put at least a few photo on here. I made some really important relationships on this trip and it really kindle the fire in me for ceramics!!
Every spring semester UT Tyler does a juried student exhibition. I was lucky enough to get one of my weavings in the show! And it even made it on the poster! A year ago I came up to UT to be advised for my first semester here last fall. My department head, Merrie Wright, told me and the friend I came with that we should stop by the gallery and see the student show that was up at the time. So on our way out we stopped by the Meadows gallery to check it out. I remember being really intimidated by the level of work in the show and thinking I HAVE to be one of these people. It really meant a lot after all the work I’d put in that I got to be one of those people!
I decided to take Advanced Ceramics again, which towards the end of last semester I didn’t think I was going to, but Im really glad I did. I got a crazing amount of work done! The main thing I worked on this semester was pieces for an installation I’ll be doing over the summer. My goal was to make 500 of them, I made close to 550! They are all about Healing in community. I don’t believe true healing happens without others. The black represents the pain and hurt we experience and the gold is the healing process.
I also continued my wood cups and vessels. I had a little trouble at the beginning of the semester with some of them breaking in the kiln, but I got it figured out and got several done. I have nine more glazed and ready to be fired.
I got inspired by a few sources to start experimenting with small pieces. I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate ceramics with weaving. These little pieces lead me to some larger ones that I’m waiting to get fired.
I ordered this gorgeous rolling pin on etsy for ceramics. I didn’t get to use it as much as I wanted, but I did a little playing around with it.
This was my first semester in Collage, and boy was it a challenge! It’s a super open class, so you can really bring in any kind of medium you want, 2D or 3D. I had really been missing weaving, and after weaving at a Live Nativity over Christmas break, I decided I would bring it back into my academic life.
It took me a long time to really figure out how I was going to address the medium, but I finally figured it out and I’m really happy with the direction I’m going and am excited to see where it goes from here.
“Time and Patterns #1”, “Time and Patterns #2”
“Time and Patterns #3″, Time and Patterns #4”
“Time and Patterns #5”, “Time and Patterns #6”
“The Last Seven Years or So”
“Here or There?”, “Trying to Get a Handle on It”
I took two semesters of life drawing at TJC and learned so much! I found out I could use life drawing as my advanced drawing credit, so I jumped it! Once again I learned a ton!!!
I’ve really been missing painting in my life, I was going to take advanced painting, but it was at the same time as advanced ceramics, so lucky for me an aquamedia class was offered this semester.
“Urban Shapes #1”
“Urban Shapes #2”
“1998 & 1999”
“Can We Go Back?”, “Can We Go Back?”
These were all smaller studies.
The last day of class we had a demo on Watercolor Monoprinting, here are the two I made.