Thursday, 8 December 2011

Final Crits!

Two down! One to go!

The feeling of dread and foreboding is finally starting to subside (a little bit) especially after my ceramics crit. It wasn't until I got everything out on the table that I realized how much I had made this semester. Here's all my work laid out on the table!

My platter - which I absolutely hated until I glazed it.

One of my altered bowls. I should have taken a pic of the stamp I made as well. The temoku gold glaze worked really well on the texture too.

Composite forms!


Jewellery is the only thing I have to worry about now. Other than some essays that I seem to be avoiding well while I write this. My neck piece has been a little bit of a soldering nightmare. For some of the more crazy connections I needed a third, fourth and fifth arm.

This was the connection from hell. It didn't work, twice. That's when I started to re-evaluate some things. I got some of the chain done today. I am hoping to get it done tomorrow - but that might be a little ambitious. Failing that I still have all weekend.

I guess I better work on my essays now....

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

End of Semester Madness

Despite a small crisis in ceramics last night I got my mugs glazed this morning and they are currently in the kiln. I am going to take photos of all my glazed stuff at my final crit on Thursday.

Oh and much to the dismay of my back I also finished my weaving. Five scarves!

I was doing some tests with some metal thread. I decided I need to use something different for the warp, so I only did a small sample. There is a website that sells really fine stainless steel and copper thread. You can also get these threads wrapped in silk, cotton, bamboo, and wool. This is what I want to experiment with.

AND I might be a little crazy, but I have recently procured a table loom. The lady who was selling it included so many amazing things with it, including two binders full of samples/patterns. Amazing! It's going to live back in Ontario, as that is where I will likely have the time to experiment with it. I am really excited for it though.

Halifax Crafter's Yuletide Cheer show was this past weekend. I don't feel as bad about missing One of a Kind now. I do not miss telling every single person "It's all made of glass" Every. Single. Person. I think I set a new tear down and home record though = 23 minutes!

Gateaux Rose, one of the vendors, made the most delicious donuts though. I indulged in a few of them both days. They did not last long...

The last major thing I have to worry about is my neckpiece. Lots of progress was made on Monday in class, but I know I still have several hours of work left to do. I have to make a few more components, solder on loopies, then attach them all together (somehow) with jump rings. Oh and then I have to make the chain and catch for it.

It's going to be a long week, but I fly home next Wednesday, so the end is in sight!

Thursday, 1 December 2011


Well, what a day... Less than two weeks left. I know it's going to whiz by! But how is it December? Really? Final critiques are creeping up. Final crits in weaving and ceramics are next week. Yikes.

I feel like November was really good though. I have generally learned a lot about myself and what it is that I like and dislike about different materials. My personal essay for writing class is all about the materials I have worked with and the varying personalities associated with the different mediums. Depending on how happy I am with the final version I may end up posting it either in full or in parts on here. I think it'll be a good final reflection on the semester.

As well as what I have been learning in school I have also made a lot of decisions about the kinds of things and people I want in my life. It's funny that I had to move a few provinces away from home to gain this kind of perspective, but these decisions are going to lead to so many positives and I am going to be so much happier for it. I am so thankful for all the supportive amazing people I have in my life. I couldn't have made it through this semester without all the love and support.

Anyway, there are so many final projects to work on... Here is a first look at part of my neck piece for our jewellery final. I need to make a bunch more of these and then attach them all together. This will consume next week I am sure.... Photos will eventually follow.

Detail of one of my scarves for my final weaving project. I am sewing in all the threads and doing all the twisty ends now. I actually find finishing the ends really relaxing, plus it's kind of fun. And that's the point right?

More scarf magic. Undulating twill!

We did studio cleanup in ceramics today - seriously, I can't believe the semester is almost over. The job assigned to me was throwing out bisqueware and glaze tests that no one wanted. I taught some of my classmates what "will it bounce" was. It was amazing. And if there was ever a day where I needed to smash things, it was most definitely today. Goodbye pent up frustration! Behold the carnage!

Halifax Crafters is also this weekend. I have to switch from school mode to show mode. It will be a challenge, but one I am up for. Bring on the weekend!