Squish and Restart

What a journey In-Depth has been! Looking back at the beginning, I didn’t know where I wanted to go. There were a lot of details and different forms of sculpting that I could have chosen since my topic idea was very broad. Ultimately and after meeting with my mentor, I settled on sticking with ceramic sculpting for the most part but also trying out some different media later on in the project. For the sculptures I’ve been working on so far, they have all been additive and figurative sculptures. I practiced realistic facial features at first and now I’m working on more cartoonish pieces. As in-depth night is rolling closer, I’m working a lot harder on my sculptures and spending more time in the ceramics room. Its been hard making time for in-depth during the last few weeks especially with theater production and out of school activities but I’ve been using my CL time for sculpting and I’ll be bringing my supplies home to work on. For the last few weeks of in-depth, I want to start working with media such as newspaper (paper mache), fabric, and metal wires. I would like to try sculpting with these materials and challenge myself to make something presentable.

So far, I’ve had relative success with most of my sculptures but an obstacle that has always arisen was my personal expectation level. I would sculpt something, examine it, define all the flaws, and if I didn’t like it, I would squish and restart. This resulted in wasting a lot of my time during lunches and CL blocks. Although with my improved skills, I can spend less time squishing and more time sculpting!

piggy head with only its snout and nostrils

piggy head with only its snout and nostrils

I’m planning on presenting my project with a learning center displaying some of my sculptures. I will have my pieces lined up on my learning center table and each sculpture will have its own short information sheet that includes the date it was made and what the sculpture is. On the side, I will be sculpting something live to the people that come by my station. I will show them my process of sculpting and create a completed sculpture by the end of the night. I want to make something that everyone can take away like simple air-dry clay figures of cartoon characters and little trinkets for people to enjoy and take home.

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Pikachu book trinket

Pikachu book trinket

Sculpting has been getting easier and more enjoyable as I work with it more and I’m trying to explore different types of materials to sculpt with. Although I chose ceramics, I would like to branch out to other types of sculpture art. Even though it takes a lot of focus and time, I’ve enjoyed being able to work on my passion and do what I love. I’m learning from the mistakes of my first in-depth project and looking forward to next year!