Fall Clay

Finally, it’s the first day of Fall!!

Well, I’m writing on the first day of fall, but regardless and furthermore, October (the very best month of the year) on its way!! And try to tell me I’m wrong. You’ve got beautiful natural scenes to inspire new work heightened by the changing of the leaves, the oppressive heat gets traded in for an oh-so-refreshing chill in the air, a sweet and earthy new color palette, pumpkins and pumpkin flavored everything, crisp apples and warm apple cider, sweatshirts by bonfires, and what more… beer. Yes, with the onset of fall, we all (over the age of twenty-one) know Oktoberfest is right around the corner.

I, unfortunately, am not over the age of twenty-one, but I have elected to celebrate in a more unique (and legal) manner anyway! Take that, Uncle Sam. (I’m totally joking.)

After slaving away over my teapot for two weeks, I’ve decided to take a break from my assignments and make a fun little project of my own inspired by the change of season, which is also perfectly “legal” in the ceramics department. We are encouraged in our studios to take time to reflect on what it is we enjoy producing the most, and explore in which direction or directions we might choose to travel pre- and post-graduation. The freedom in the program’s structure to experiment and cultivate students’ passions in their own specific way is one of my favorite things about the art department at Marywood. We are not left alone; there is constant guidance to help us reach our full potential, but I as a student am not restricted by the confines of deadlines and rigid project instructions a very fair portion of the time. Therein lies this next “free/choice” project of mine.

As I mentioned, I am not of the legal drinking age, so instead of the obvious choice of making steins to celebrate October, I made coffee mugs. (Surprised you there, huh?) The twist is they are inspired by steins. Clever, aye? Take a peek:

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I used the opportunity to try something new for my handles. I love the way my thumb rests on a handle with a stopper at the top end. There are so many different ways to incorporate these little guys in pieces. Mine are just applied to the handles I’ve attached, but some artists make thumb rests, for lack of a better term, that are integral to the functionality of the handle itself. And what more, they have some awesome aesthetic effects too.

2015-09-23 18.05.29So, these mugs don’t have the traditional, chunky foot of a stein, and they are much smaller in size, but I hope the inspiration comes through, and I can’t wait to sip some hot cider from them within the next few weeks. If you think of any little creature comforts on pieces that you find endearing, like I find little thumb rests, leave them in the comments, and thanks for the read!

P.S. Here’s the final final picture of the teapot before the glaze… just in case you really really like teapots. Until next week!!

 

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