Conglomerate sculpture
Conglomerate sculpture

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Conglomerate sculpture
Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 9 inches
Materials: Colored Porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Nerikomi slabs cast in press molds, assembled leather-hard, cone 10 reduction

Project description:This was a multipart project that introduced students to making and working with colored clay, and it introduced them to making a 2 part plaster press-mold from a clay original. The assignment allowed students to explore the relationship of surface and form because with nerikomi techniques the surface design and the 3-D composition are fabricated simultaneously. Students made the colored porcelain in groups by adding ceramic stains to a base porcelain body, mixing it into a slip, scraping it through a screen, and finally allowing it to set up on plaster blocks. As a group, the class used the colored porcelain to make several nerikomi blocks that they would then share to cast their own press molds. Each student was required to cast their own press mold 6 times using the nerikomi slabs. To complete the project, students assembled their own cast forms into one conglomerate sculpture.

“Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project
“Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: “Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project
Dimensions: 11 x 14 x 8 inches
Materials: Stoneware with underglaze
Techniques and Firing: Coil Built, fired to cone 04 oxidation

Project Description: This is from a two part coil project.  Students were required to make two coil pieces.  One had to be symmetrical and a minimum of 20 inches tall, and the other had to be an organic shape without a flat bottom. The reason for the “no flat bottom” rule was to encourage students to consider the work from every angle, and it also created an opportunity for students to explore negative space under the work. This piece is an example of the organic form from this project.

Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Spring 2005
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with nerikomi and mishima decoration, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used both. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”
Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Fall 2006
Class: Ceramics 3
Title/Project name: Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”
Dimensions: Approximately 36 x 30 x 12 inches
Materials: earthenware with underglaze, baby bottle nipples, mayonnaise jars, water with food coloring
Techniques and Firing: Slip cast, cone 04 oxidation

Project description: This was a group project called “Exhibition in My Kitchen” that was installed in the kitchen of my studio, located just off campus. Students were required to consider the content of their pieces in relation to the space where the work was to be installed. This student chose to make work for the cabinet. As a group, the class planned the exhibition, made and delivered the announcements, and hosted an exhibition reception for their show.

Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
 Title/Project name: Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 9 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with Nerikomi slabs, and soda fired to cone 10 in light reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used nerikomi slabs for the stand.  Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity
“Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Jan-Term (Winter session) 2005
Class: Performance Art
Title/Project name: “Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity
Media: Video Still (documentation of performance)

Project Description: This is a video still that documents a performance art project called “Identity.” Students were required to do a 10 minute performance piece that explored identity through communication between two bodies. The two women in this work used the white noise of the vacuum cleaner and of the hair dryer to drown out their voices. Over the length of the 10 minute performance, they carried on a conversation of absurdity. They were taking turns speaking as if in response to one another, but in fact their statements had no common thread. Their intention with this work was to express the idea that visual cues can be a stronger expression of identity than verbal cues can be.

Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot
Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name:  Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot, Symmetrical Coil Pot Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 12 inches
Materials: Stoneware
Techniques and Firing: Coil Built, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project Description: This is from a two part coil project. Students were required to make two coil pieces. One had to be symmetrical and a minimum of 20 inches tall, and the other had to be an organic shape without a flat bottom. The symmetrical coil pot had to draw inspiration from the historic Mycenaean pots that were used to introduce this project. This piece is an example of the symmetrical form from this project.

“Interactive Installation” from the Time Project
“Interactive Installation” from the Time Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Ceramics 2
Title/Project name: “Interactive Installation” from the Time Project
Dimensions: Approximately: 500 square foot (dimensions of room)
Materials: Bisque fired stoneware, several hundred parts
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built, cone 08 oxidation

Project Description: For this project, each student was required to make a ceramic work that incorporated time as part of the work. This student decided to make a work that required the viewers to move through the space of the installation in order to experience the work. The student’s intention was that through body movement (walking through the space), and sound (crushing the ceramic pieces underfoot), viewers would gain an understanding of the work through time and memory.

Slab Shoe
Slab Shoe

School: State University of New York Oswego, Oswego, NY
Date: Spring 2003
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Slab Shoe
Dimensions: 4 x 11 x 4 inches
Materials: Stoneware with Iron Oxide wash
Techniques and Firing: Slab Built, fired to cone 3 oxidation

Project Description: This is an introductory slab building project. Students referred to a favorite shoe for a pattern in order to replicate the shoe in clay.

Slab Teapot with Mishima
Slab Teapot with Mishima

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Slab Teapot with Mishima
Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 7 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with mishima decoration, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used mishima and solid slabs of black and solid slabs of white clay. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Scraping” Repetition Project
“Scraping” Repetition Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Experimental Concepts
Title/Project name: “Scraping”/Repetition Project
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Video Still from Multi-Channel Video

Project Description: “Repetition” is a project that I gave in a class called Experimental Concepts. Experimental Concepts is a junior level, not media specific course at TAMU-C that encourages students to develop content in their work. For the “repetition” project, students were required to consider repetition as a tool for developing both content and design in their work. This student created a 5 minute and 38 second video piece of a woman repeatedly scraping wax off of a concrete floor. Both sound and image were repeated, creating an unsettling perceptual experience that used repetition to explore human behavior.

Class Group Happening work
Class Group Happening work

School: State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego NY
Date: Spring 2003
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: “Carpet Scrap” from a Class Group Happening work
Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 3 inches
Materials: Unfired stoneware
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built

Project description: This project was a “Class Group Happening” assignment that required students to do a group ceramic work that would be installed in the landscape near campus. Through directed class discussions, students decided what to make, why to make it, and where it would be installed. The students decided they wanted to make a work that addressed a litter problem along the shore of Lake Ontario. As a group, students gathered trash along the lakeshore. Back at the studio, each student rendered a copy of their collected trash in clay. As a group, the class returned to the lakeshore and deposited their bone dry renderings of the trash in the approximate location of the original trash. The bone dry “trash” was left to decompose in the next rain storm.

Self Portrait Project
Self Portrait Project

School: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Date: Fall 2002
Class: Intermediate Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Self Portrait Project
Dimensions: Approximately 48 x 18 x 4 inches
Materials: stoneware with terra sigillata
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built, Saggar fired *Wall Mounted

Project Description: This self portrait project was designed to be a beginning approach to content in art making. Students were required to make a self portrait that described their own identity symbolically rather than visually.

Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot
Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Spring 2005
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with nerikomi decoration, fired to cone 10 reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used nerikomi. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Puddles” from the Time Project
“Puddles” from the Time Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Ceramics 2
Title/Project name: “Puddles” from the Time Project
Dimensions: Approximately: 24 inches wide
Materials: Glazed and unglazed earthenware slip
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built and assembled after cone 04 firing (wall mounted)

Project Description: For this project, each student was required to make a ceramic work that incorporated time as part of the work. This student was interested in how firing puddles of slip leftover from the slip-casting process documented the course of change in the ceramic material over time.

“Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project
“Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Ceramics 1
Title/Project name: “Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project
Dimensions: Approximately 4 inches in height
Materials: Black and white porcelain with plastic stoppers
Techniques and Firing: pinched, Salt fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: To teach the pinching technique, students were required to use the pinching method to make salt and pepper shakers. This assignment was intended to encourage students to consider the relationship of the 2 parts as a diptych, and they were encouraged to use the plastic stopper as a design element as opposed to hiding it on the bottom.

Self Portrait Project
Self Portrait Project

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Self Portrait Project
Dimensions: Approximately 15 x 18 x 16 each
Materials: porcelain and stoneware with colored slip between the coils
Techniques and Firing: Coil built, porcelain fired to cone 10 reduction, and stoneware soda fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project Description: For this assignment, students were asked to make a sculpture or a vessel that would describe their personal identities. The assignment required that they each create a portrait of themselves with symbols rather than by rendering an image of themselves. Students could choose the technique and type of clay that they wanted for this project. This student chose to make 2 coil vessels out of different clay bodies using 2 different firing processes in order to describe a dual aspect of her identity.

“Teabowl,” Individual Project
“Teabowl,” Individual Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce TX
Date: Spring 07
Class: Ceramics 3
Title/Project name: “Teabowl,” Individual Project
Dimensions: 3.5 x 5 x 5 inches
Materials: porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Thrown and Altered, wood fired

Project Description: This was an independent study project. Starting at the intermediate level I give students independent project assignments that they complete concurrently with their more structured class assignments. This student was working on a series of thrown and altered vessels for the wood kiln.

Tumbler Set with Tray
Tumbler Set with Tray

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Graduate Level, MFA candidate
Title/Project name: “Tumbler Set with Tray”
Dimensions: 10 x 18.5 x 4 inches
Materials: porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Thrown and slab built, wood fired

Project Description: Graduate student research

Group Outdoor Installation Project
Group Outdoor Installation Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Art Fundamentals
Title/Project name: Group Outdoor Installation Project
Dimensions: Dimensions Variable
Materials: Red Velvet, sand, thread

Project description: The Art Fundamentals course at Austin College introduces students to 2-D and 3-D design, color theory, and a sampling of art history and theory. This project was a 3-D design project that introduced students to fabricating a 3-D form from a 2-D shape. First, each student drew an organic shape on paper. Then students used their drawn shapes as a pattern to sew a red velvet sandbag. Finally, the students installed the sandbags in the landscape in front of a building on campus. They moved the red sandbags around the landscape in order to create a balanced composition that could be viewed from multiple directions.

Conglomerate sculpture
“Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project
Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”
Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
“Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity
Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot
“Interactive Installation” from the Time Project
Slab Shoe
Slab Teapot with Mishima
“Scraping” Repetition Project
Class Group Happening work
Self Portrait Project
Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot
“Puddles” from the Time Project
“Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project
Self Portrait Project
“Teabowl,” Individual Project
Tumbler Set with Tray
Group Outdoor Installation Project
Conglomerate sculpture

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Conglomerate sculpture
Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 9 inches
Materials: Colored Porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Nerikomi slabs cast in press molds, assembled leather-hard, cone 10 reduction

Project description:This was a multipart project that introduced students to making and working with colored clay, and it introduced them to making a 2 part plaster press-mold from a clay original. The assignment allowed students to explore the relationship of surface and form because with nerikomi techniques the surface design and the 3-D composition are fabricated simultaneously. Students made the colored porcelain in groups by adding ceramic stains to a base porcelain body, mixing it into a slip, scraping it through a screen, and finally allowing it to set up on plaster blocks. As a group, the class used the colored porcelain to make several nerikomi blocks that they would then share to cast their own press molds. Each student was required to cast their own press mold 6 times using the nerikomi slabs. To complete the project, students assembled their own cast forms into one conglomerate sculpture.

“Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: “Piss Pot,” Organic Coil Project
Dimensions: 11 x 14 x 8 inches
Materials: Stoneware with underglaze
Techniques and Firing: Coil Built, fired to cone 04 oxidation

Project Description: This is from a two part coil project.  Students were required to make two coil pieces.  One had to be symmetrical and a minimum of 20 inches tall, and the other had to be an organic shape without a flat bottom. The reason for the “no flat bottom” rule was to encourage students to consider the work from every angle, and it also created an opportunity for students to explore negative space under the work. This piece is an example of the organic form from this project.

Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Spring 2005
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with nerikomi and mishima decoration, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used both. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Fall 2006
Class: Ceramics 3
Title/Project name: Installation view of student work from “Exhibition in My Kitchen”
Dimensions: Approximately 36 x 30 x 12 inches
Materials: earthenware with underglaze, baby bottle nipples, mayonnaise jars, water with food coloring
Techniques and Firing: Slip cast, cone 04 oxidation

Project description: This was a group project called “Exhibition in My Kitchen” that was installed in the kitchen of my studio, located just off campus. Students were required to consider the content of their pieces in relation to the space where the work was to be installed. This student chose to make work for the cabinet. As a group, the class planned the exhibition, made and delivered the announcements, and hosted an exhibition reception for their show.

Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
 Title/Project name: Colored Clay Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 9 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with Nerikomi slabs, and soda fired to cone 10 in light reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used nerikomi slabs for the stand.  Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Jan-Term (Winter session) 2005
Class: Performance Art
Title/Project name: “Miscommunication,” Group performance assignment on Identity
Media: Video Still (documentation of performance)

Project Description: This is a video still that documents a performance art project called “Identity.” Students were required to do a 10 minute performance piece that explored identity through communication between two bodies. The two women in this work used the white noise of the vacuum cleaner and of the hair dryer to drown out their voices. Over the length of the 10 minute performance, they carried on a conversation of absurdity. They were taking turns speaking as if in response to one another, but in fact their statements had no common thread. Their intention with this work was to express the idea that visual cues can be a stronger expression of identity than verbal cues can be.

Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name:  Mycenaean Inspired Coil Pot, Symmetrical Coil Pot Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 12 inches
Materials: Stoneware
Techniques and Firing: Coil Built, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project Description: This is from a two part coil project. Students were required to make two coil pieces. One had to be symmetrical and a minimum of 20 inches tall, and the other had to be an organic shape without a flat bottom. The symmetrical coil pot had to draw inspiration from the historic Mycenaean pots that were used to introduce this project. This piece is an example of the symmetrical form from this project.

“Interactive Installation” from the Time Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Ceramics 2
Title/Project name: “Interactive Installation” from the Time Project
Dimensions: Approximately: 500 square foot (dimensions of room)
Materials: Bisque fired stoneware, several hundred parts
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built, cone 08 oxidation

Project Description: For this project, each student was required to make a ceramic work that incorporated time as part of the work. This student decided to make a work that required the viewers to move through the space of the installation in order to experience the work. The student’s intention was that through body movement (walking through the space), and sound (crushing the ceramic pieces underfoot), viewers would gain an understanding of the work through time and memory.

Slab Shoe

School: State University of New York Oswego, Oswego, NY
Date: Spring 2003
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Slab Shoe
Dimensions: 4 x 11 x 4 inches
Materials: Stoneware with Iron Oxide wash
Techniques and Firing: Slab Built, fired to cone 3 oxidation

Project Description: This is an introductory slab building project. Students referred to a favorite shoe for a pattern in order to replicate the shoe in clay.

Slab Teapot with Mishima

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Slab Teapot with Mishima
Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 7 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with mishima decoration, fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used mishima and solid slabs of black and solid slabs of white clay. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Scraping” Repetition Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Experimental Concepts
Title/Project name: “Scraping”/Repetition Project
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Video Still from Multi-Channel Video

Project Description: “Repetition” is a project that I gave in a class called Experimental Concepts. Experimental Concepts is a junior level, not media specific course at TAMU-C that encourages students to develop content in their work. For the “repetition” project, students were required to consider repetition as a tool for developing both content and design in their work. This student created a 5 minute and 38 second video piece of a woman repeatedly scraping wax off of a concrete floor. Both sound and image were repeated, creating an unsettling perceptual experience that used repetition to explore human behavior.

Class Group Happening work

School: State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego NY
Date: Spring 2003
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: “Carpet Scrap” from a Class Group Happening work
Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 3 inches
Materials: Unfired stoneware
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built

Project description: This project was a “Class Group Happening” assignment that required students to do a group ceramic work that would be installed in the landscape near campus. Through directed class discussions, students decided what to make, why to make it, and where it would be installed. The students decided they wanted to make a work that addressed a litter problem along the shore of Lake Ontario. As a group, students gathered trash along the lakeshore. Back at the studio, each student rendered a copy of their collected trash in clay. As a group, the class returned to the lakeshore and deposited their bone dry renderings of the trash in the approximate location of the original trash. The bone dry “trash” was left to decompose in the next rain storm.

Self Portrait Project

School: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Date: Fall 2002
Class: Intermediate Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Self Portrait Project
Dimensions: Approximately 48 x 18 x 4 inches
Materials: stoneware with terra sigillata
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built, Saggar fired *Wall Mounted

Project Description: This self portrait project was designed to be a beginning approach to content in art making. Students were required to make a self portrait that described their own identity symbolically rather than visually.

Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Spring 2005
Class: Introductory Ceramics
Title/Project name: Nerikomi Slab Built Teapot
Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2.5 inches
Materials: Black and white porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Slab built with nerikomi decoration, fired to cone 10 reduction

Project description: Students were required to make a slab built teapot using black and white porcelain. They could use either nerikomi slabs or mishima as a means of decoration. This student used nerikomi. Learning objectives for this project were to introduce slab building and to create an opportunity for students to explore the relationship of surface design to a 3-D form. I also used this project to discuss contemporary approaches to the teapot form in the field of ceramics.

“Puddles” from the Time Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Ceramics 2
Title/Project name: “Puddles” from the Time Project
Dimensions: Approximately: 24 inches wide
Materials: Glazed and unglazed earthenware slip
Techniques and Firing: Hand-built and assembled after cone 04 firing (wall mounted)

Project Description: For this project, each student was required to make a ceramic work that incorporated time as part of the work. This student was interested in how firing puddles of slip leftover from the slip-casting process documented the course of change in the ceramic material over time.

“Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Ceramics 1
Title/Project name: “Salt and Pepper Shakers” Pinch Project
Dimensions: Approximately 4 inches in height
Materials: Black and white porcelain with plastic stoppers
Techniques and Firing: pinched, Salt fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project description: To teach the pinching technique, students were required to use the pinching method to make salt and pepper shakers. This assignment was intended to encourage students to consider the relationship of the 2 parts as a diptych, and they were encouraged to use the plastic stopper as a design element as opposed to hiding it on the bottom.

Self Portrait Project

School: Austin College, Sherman, TX
Date: Spring 2012
Class: Ceramics 2: Handbuilding
Title/Project name: Self Portrait Project
Dimensions: Approximately 15 x 18 x 16 each
Materials: porcelain and stoneware with colored slip between the coils
Techniques and Firing: Coil built, porcelain fired to cone 10 reduction, and stoneware soda fired to cone 10 in reduction

Project Description: For this assignment, students were asked to make a sculpture or a vessel that would describe their personal identities. The assignment required that they each create a portrait of themselves with symbols rather than by rendering an image of themselves. Students could choose the technique and type of clay that they wanted for this project. This student chose to make 2 coil vessels out of different clay bodies using 2 different firing processes in order to describe a dual aspect of her identity.

“Teabowl,” Individual Project

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce TX
Date: Spring 07
Class: Ceramics 3
Title/Project name: “Teabowl,” Individual Project
Dimensions: 3.5 x 5 x 5 inches
Materials: porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Thrown and Altered, wood fired

Project Description: This was an independent study project. Starting at the intermediate level I give students independent project assignments that they complete concurrently with their more structured class assignments. This student was working on a series of thrown and altered vessels for the wood kiln.

Tumbler Set with Tray

School: Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce TX
Date: Spring 2007
Class: Graduate Level, MFA candidate
Title/Project name: “Tumbler Set with Tray”
Dimensions: 10 x 18.5 x 4 inches
Materials: porcelain
Techniques and Firing: Thrown and slab built, wood fired

Project Description: Graduate student research

Group Outdoor Installation Project

School: Austin College, Sherman TX
Date: Fall 2004
Class: Art Fundamentals
Title/Project name: Group Outdoor Installation Project
Dimensions: Dimensions Variable
Materials: Red Velvet, sand, thread

Project description: The Art Fundamentals course at Austin College introduces students to 2-D and 3-D design, color theory, and a sampling of art history and theory. This project was a 3-D design project that introduced students to fabricating a 3-D form from a 2-D shape. First, each student drew an organic shape on paper. Then students used their drawn shapes as a pattern to sew a red velvet sandbag. Finally, the students installed the sandbags in the landscape in front of a building on campus. They moved the red sandbags around the landscape in order to create a balanced composition that could be viewed from multiple directions.

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