Amy Hess

Ceramics I

Critique 1

Ellen Schon



Smoke-fired clay

13” x 20” x 20”

Ellen Schon Critique

Description: In this artwork, the piece is very hard to make out. It seems to be an abstract piece of work. Again, in this piece of artwork, I don't see much. It's more of a decoration than anything actually usable. I'm sure the artist could find some sort of use to it.
Analysis: I believe the element of texture really dominates this piece of artwork. Anybody can tell, with just a simple look, that this artist must have taken a long time succeeding in making this piece as smooth as possible. If I were to choice one principle that really stuck out more than the others, I would have to go with balance. This artwork really is a neutral amount of clay and paint all over. It just makes it come together, and this looks like it may have taken hours; I applaud the artist's amount of time and effort put into this.
Interpretation: Honestly, in my highest of opinions, I do believe that this artwork looks like the bud of a tulip, without a stem. I could be far from wrong, but that's what my attention is just focused on. It looks like the artist was trying to show a more surreal point of view on a tulip. Almost like a died done, worn out sort of version; It's in his own terms. The artist probably keeps more to himself, and his artwork, then communicating with others. He's just, sort of secluded.
Judgement: I don't really believe that this piece of artwork is all that successful. It looks more like a "One Hit Wonder." If you don't know what this is, it's where it was only one thing was famous for a brief period of time. Yes, the artist may have taken a long time on this piece of artwork, but it doesn't seem very interesting to society today, in my opinion. It's honestly a good piece, just not good enough for beholder's eyes today. It's just too plain, and toned down, to catch the eye of a person for long enough.

Critique 2

Laocoön and His Sons

Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus

25 BC

White Marble

1.84 m in height

Laocoon and His Sons Critique

Description: It this specific piece of artwork, it's very obvious as to what it's interpreting. Just the title alone tells you what's going on. It's a father and his sons all together, made out of marble. I see a father who looks upset, and it's almost like his sons are trying to make him feel better. That's what I'm seeing in this piece of artwork today.
Analysis: I believe the element of form is highly shown throughout this piece of artwork. It's impossible to ignore, in my opinion. The artist probably did a 3-dimensional piece of artwork, so that the person viewing it could get a good idea about the entire point of view, not just a one side, 2-dimensional piece. Harmony, in my opinion, tops all other principles in being shown throughout the piece the most. I can tell that all the sons seem to be focused around the father in some sort of despair. It's like they want to comfort him, but they just can't.
Judgement: In my opinion, it looks like this artwork is very successful. It's almost like I could be "too successful." I don't actually know if that's possible, but that's what I think. It's like the artwork is so amazing to just look at, that a lot of people would enjoy coming back and looking at it multiple times. It even looks like it's featured on a sidewalk of some sort, or at a building; I like the location choice, if so. Well done to the artist who created this artwork for everybody to enjoy.

Mario Mushroom

I created this project, not just because it was for a grade, but because I wanted to. All I could think about doing was a mushroom, but I just didn't know how to make it into the miniature version that my teacher wanted. That's when it hit me-do the Mario mushroom. Not only is it small and convenient, it was easy to make. I ran into the problem, that my unremovable lid was a little bit too small. I had to just let it happen, but it still seemed to look good. It tore a bit at the corners, but I just patched it up with a little bit of clay, scoring, and water. If I had the choice to change something, it would be the color. I would've preferred it to be red and white, like the actual Mario mushroom.

"Retro" Pot

I created this project, because it seemed like a really cool idea to me. (Just making something out of coils, I mean). All I really thought about to do was a useable pot for somebody in my house, but I didn't know how to make it the right size. I realized it's my artwork, I can make it however big I would like. (As long as it followed the guidelines). It may be a little rough around the edges, but it wasn't all that hard to make, in my opinion. I did run into the problem, that it took me a little bit longer than what I usually do, but I worked around that. My teacher, Mr. Jenkins, helped out everybody, including me, as much as he could by making us coils. He made me about two coils in a row, and along with my two coils, it helped me finish my project quickly. It helped me immensely now that I look back at it. It's not as smooth as I'd like it to be, but I guess I got it to be pretty good for it being my first coil project. If I had to change something, it would still be the smoothness. I would've liked it to be, almost, completely smooth all over.