Shelby Whiteaker

Ceramics 1

Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me In!

I was inspired to create this because my teacher had told me that he thought that our final project for Ceramics may be a piggy bank. We ended up being allowed to create whatever we wanted, but I was so stuck on the idea of a piggy bank, I thought, "Why not?" and created this piece of art. When I was building the piggy bank, I really struggled with getting the inside of the nose and ears smoothed out due to the fine detail and small angles. I ended up taking a paintbrush dipped in water to get the clay smoothed out in those hard-to-reach places, and it worked out great! If I could change anything about this project, I would try to make the legs longer so the pig sat up taller. I also wish it could be taller because the underside of the pig's belly touches the ground, and I would have liked to have glazed the belly and just leave the bottoms of the feet clear of glaze.

Jake the Mug

I made my mug look like Jake from Adventure Time, because when i was trying to plan out what to make, I had the wallpaper on my phone set up to be a picture of Jake. When constructing the mug, I had a hard time getting the handle to hold its shape since the clay was fairly wet. If I could go back and redo this project, I would have chosen a different color to glaze it in because I don't really like the vomit-green color i ended up with.

Critique #1

Ellen Schon



Smoke-fired clay

13” x 20” x 20”

This piece of work is a very abstract piece. It appears to be made out of wood, and resembles the shape of a flower. Form and movement dominate this work. It is arranged to look like some sort of vessel, but I doubt it serves a functional purpose, and that it was just made for decoration. The piece is very contemporary and minimalistic, much like a lot of art that is created in the current time period. There doesn't seem to be a set "emotion" with this scuplture, but the artist may have created this with nature in mind. This piece is surely successful, because it fits the bill for what a lot of people lok for to put in their homes for decoration.

Critique #2

Laocoön and His Sons

Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus

25 BC

White Marble

1.84 m in height

Obviously, there are three men in this work, and they appear to be going through a hardship period due to the fact that there is a snake wrapped around their legs and the snake is biting the man in the middle. The men also have very pained expressions on their faces. Texture, shape, and contrast are very apparent in this work. The artist put very intricate detail into the bodies and hair of the three men, giving the illusion that you would feel human flesh and hair if you touched the sculpture. The artist was also very careful in making the men look very realistic and human-like. The sculpture has good contrast because it is built in white marble, and it has a dark background, making the piece stand out. Art of this nature was very popular back in the time period it was constructed in, so it is very successful. Today, it is a priceless piece of art. The ood of this piece portrays hardship, sadness, and possibly even fear by looks of the pained expressions on the men.