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My first try of ceramic art

As my big painting was finished, I was thinking of making new works with different types of media. Because I had access to all of the workshops at school, I could go and learn everything if I wanted. Ceramic was a totally new type of art for me, so that it was more interesting than any others. I was also intrigued by ceramic materials because various types of clays have all different colours and different feelings. Even though there were tons of reasons why I was able to start ceramic art, the most crucial one was that ceramic was a 3D sculpture I make easily. Moreover, my course leader suggested me to make 3d shiny forms that come from unconscious marks of my big painting. I thought his suggestion was lovely and great to broaden my perspectives on art.

I have chosen 'royale porcelain' that was the only white clay because I was planning to colouring on the white stuff, as I paint on white background canvas. Although I tried to make intriguing forms by looking at my big painting as a reference, I ended up making them by improvisation. For me, improvisation is one of my strong inspiration to push me on artworks. If I were not this type of person, if I had not this personality, I would have chosen a different process, for example, organising a very sophisticated process before the start. What I really wanted to do on my pottery was ‘colouring’. As I think one distinctive thing about my works is the colours I preferably use, I would put colour if I invest my time to try different types of media.

II had to distinguish what kind of colour I can use on them because the fixed degree of materials should be followed. That means I must have chosen temperature - higher or lower, for example, if I choose 1260 degree for glazing, I can put additional colours which designated to be used on 1260 degrees. It has been identified by yellow or green labeling, yellow for higher temperature, green for lower one. I think I have to have my own colour powder because there are not so many colours at the ceramic workshop. "Don't use verb paint or noun painting when describing colouring", that's what the technician told me.. So, basically putting colour (=using colour powder) means doing one more glazing. Anyway, to the pottery can be fully baked, it took average 10 hours in pottery klin! Although I wouldn't say I like waiting for the results, I had to do it.

TA - DA ! The results were beyond my imagination. Reflected lights were adorable and amazing. The biggest piece does look more like a real stone.

This is my second try which is better than the first. I decorated it by dripping. I don't know why that powder marks still remain (I couldn't see it when glazing), it is good anyway. The next plan of ceramic art has not been decided, but I have thought to hang them on the wall or place them with my new painting if they go well together. :-)

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