Colton Hatley

ceramics 1

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Shmuck

This is Shmuck, the design I made during the whistle project. I made him by first making 3 congruent spheres. I then took two of these spheres and pressed them in to make two larger hollow semi-spheres. I then slip-scored these semi-spheres together to create the main body, one large hollow sphere. I then carved into th hollow sphere almost tangent to the hollow area to allow air flow. I then took thr final sohere and made it into a rectangular prism, which I then stuck a popsicle stick through it to make the mouthpiece. Then I added fins to the top & sides and red eyes in the front, giving it a sharkly appearance. Then I got bored and started tearing all of my excess clay together. One tear resulted in a piece that looked similar to a mermaid's tail, so I stuck that on too. I then painted it as shows. It is part (sh)ark, part (m)ermaid, and part d(uck). So I named him Shmuck.
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Art Critique of "Vortex"

The artist used a lot of Shape to enhance this piece of art. He made the figure 3-dimensional so it would stand out. He also made use of Movement. The curvature of the appendages gives it the sense that it's rotating. He also made use of Space and Emphasis. the bland background helps draw the viewer's eye to the artwork. I feel that this is a piece of abstract art, as the author doesn't seem to be expressing anything.
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Art critique of "Laocoon and His Sons"

The author made great use of Shape, making the structure 3-dimensional to show the actions accurately. He also used Space well, giving a plain black background to draw attention to the contrasting white statues. I think the artist was trying to portray Laocoon as a very controlling father. The serpents coming from him seem to be pulling his sons towards him, while his sons appear to be struggling against the serpents.