Jone Sang

CERAMICS I PORTFOLIO

2nd Period

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Wisdom

I decided to do a whistle in form of an owl because owls have special characteristics as animals which attract me as a person. Owls are birds of prey which hunt in the dark; all because their eyes can see in it, among other capacities. I represent myself as an owl because I am a truth seeker; and a truth seeker is someone that hunts the truth in this world which is dark and ignorant. The owl is an animal which observes quietly over the other animals lost in the darkness of their lives; thus those animals have a difficulty noting his presence; and yet, it is the invisible owl which has power over them, because he is the one aware of the situation. The owl also has wings, and wings give the owl the power to be free from the restraint offered by the earth. The greatest problem while doing this project was the time spent on the wings, and how to support them. I might have been the only one making a bird in the classroom. I solved this problem by adding support to the wings, and with dedication and patience. If I could make this project again, it would involve making it more refined. I would change this because the bird looks good, but it lacks some regularity; although the irregularity here is little.
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"As Above, So Below"

The decision to make the sculpture of this "obelisk" is due to my appreciation for powerful ancient knowledge which has been forgotten through time because of the ignorant time periods of human society. The pillar is pointing upwards, but standing in the ground, because it represents the result pointing to its cause. In other words, that which happens in higher levels of existence reflects itself in the lower ones. That which we see with our eyes has to have been thought before appearing; because if not, everything would be disorder and chaos. The pillar represents the male principle, and it contains the symbols of the four elements (or notable states of matter). The highest one is the intellectual Air, and it rules the East. The second highest is emotional Water, and rules the North. The Third Highest is the straightforward Fire, and it rules the West. The lowest one is the physical Earth, and it rules the south. Each state/element can also be associated with each of the four races of the world. The circle around the pillar represents the female principle, and it is engraved with the twelve signs of the zodiac. The real problem with this project was the time left. I solved this problem by simplifying it. If I could do it again, and with more time, I would carry out my initial plan, and it would look really incredible. This resulted like this because I didn't had enough time to carry out my plan. If my plan could have been carried, it would look very good.
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[Critique #1]

Ellen Schon



Vortex



2012



Smoke-fired clay



13” x 20” x 20”


Description:


This Artwork is dominated by dark colors with a range from brown to black. The shape of this object can be considered round, although it is mainly irregular. The base of the object is smaller than its upper part. The pattern of its outer surface is either an image of some tropical or desert setting, or a disorganized pattern. This Artwork looks as a flower, and it can be considered as being "warped" inwardly; and this makes the imagination to think that there is a force pulling it in. There is a sense of motion. The outside layer is very well finished. The inside part is not being shown. This Artwork is possibly very smooth, and can be used as decoration.



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[Critique #2]

Laocoön and His Sons



Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus



25 BC



White Marble



1.84 m in height


Interpretation: The artist/s is/are possibly Greek as the time period indicates. The time this was made is possibly not too far from the fall of Greece (relatively). Much work may have been put into this single sculpture. This sculpture was made possibly to represent fatherhood. This Artwork might communicate some mythological story. This Artwork represents fatherhood because here, the father is about to be bitten by a serpent; and serpents represent temptation and evil in most western cultures. In better words, this represents the agony of a father (which can be seen in Laocoon's face) caring for his children; because the father has to protect his children from the danger they are for themselves due to their "evil" (the serpent is much more attached to his children). The serpent might represent an evil thing passed from generation to generation which the father has to fight in agony. The interpretation can be even vice-versa, because the serpent is biting the father; and thus instead of representing evil in the children themselves, the serpent might represent the duty that involves raising children; while also including the inevitability of being bitten by it once you are raising them. The message communicated about inevitability of having to carry the responsibility of having children, is represented by the serpent's bite being hard to prevent at the distance she is from the father. In conclusion, this represents the agony of having children, although it also may have other different meanings I couldn't notice in this interpretation.