Over the course of the last blog post and spring break, I have been steadily working on my In-Depth. It was difficult for me to sculpt during the last few weeks before spring break because of my schedule being filled up with assignment and projects but during spring break, however, I brought my heavy bag of clay home and prepared to focus. The cons of being at home are that I feel more comfortable with my own house and I can just start and finish whenever I want, I don’t really have a time crunch like at school if I only have the 30-40 mins of lunchtime. At home, however, I don’t have the tools and materials that were provided from the ceramics room. I found myself using some broken mechanical pencils, toothpicks, and playing cards as tools. I improvised with what I had but the pieces still didn’t turn out as well as if I had the correct tools. The lines aren’t as crisp and the edges aren’t as smooth as I would like. However, I really like the overall structure of my sculptures and the proportions are realistic.
During the first week, I focused on sketching diagrams of possible sculptures I could do. I finished two medium sized pieces over the last week of spring break, one being a model of an eye, and the other being a sculpture of Rowlet the Pokemon.
I also practiced sculpting some other body features like mouths and other Pokemon but I felt like they were not good enough for keeping.
My mentorship has been going great. Mieko has provided me with a lot of sources and information, teaching me along the way as she demonstrates what to do and how to do it. As I work with her more, I got to learn more about her. I discovered that she has been working on a big costume project which included the work of fashion, feathers, and sewing. She needed to go out and photograph her costumes in the forest, creating really beautiful works of art. She always let me know about her life and never left me in the dark. As for different experiences she offers, she introduced me to many community art shows that allow me to have an opportunity to socialize and communicate with other artists. During spring break, I was able to go to the Evergreen Cultural center and see their exhibits, as well as some smaller shows I sometimes stumbled upon. I was able to take inspiration from many pieces and they helped me see art in a new way.
I will continue to sculpt more pieces and improve my skill. In the end, I will hopefully have many amazing sculptures to show-off.