October 18, 2015

Adventures in Pottery

The process of making pottery is not for the faint hearted. It requires thick skin, patience, and a steady hand. I am now in my 4th pottery class. The first was primarily hand-building, the second course was an intermediate class where some of my first wheel-thrown pots were made(I don't think I've kept any of those-as they were pretty bad). The third class was a "second" intermediate course that allowed me to hone in on some of the basic throwing principles and the fourth session was an amazing collaboration of mix-media print on pottery. Here are a few photos of some of the projects. 

Stencils with stroke and coat wonderglaze.
Bisque fired stencils.
Lino cut with stroke and coat wonderglaze
Ready for bisque
My favorite mug. Needle sketch and colored slip.
Cantarito set
Double handle jug
Happy glazing!

February 24, 2015

Working with Cement

The past few weeks have been trying times for this gal. I've been working on my latest piece; confined. This has proven to be more difficult than originally planned but anything worth having typically is. 

We begin with an oblong steel sphere from last semester and vow to reinstate it to its glory. Thats what the plan is anyway. 

How to go about the next stage? Conceptually, I planned to evoke the feeling of confined space. We've all felt it, some of us may be feeling that way right now. Ok. So how do we show this?  Lets put a body in the sphere. Got it. Bending metal is no easy feat, in fact It took an entire day to bend the frame that would take the shape of the head, shoulders and feet. 

Measuring is another daunting task as there are so many factors involved e.g., the thickness of the metal saw, grinding down metal after the fact, balancing the sculpture to avoid slight angles that may throw you off by eighths of a fraction, and lastly the heat from the weld itself. Phew!

The most tedious part of the entire sculpture has to be the frame wiring. I have the cuts on my fingers to prove it. 

-overhead view-

The best part of the sculpture for me is right around the corner, finally an area in which to apply my cake skills...the application of cement and plaster!

Here is a full body pic... gotta love those gaucho pants. 

As I continue to add the cement, I notice my little guy is missing arms(something I'll have to tackle after he is completely covered in cement. 

almost completely covered in cement

Nearly there... another thing to note is that, I will be adding an additional ring over the top of the sphere, in an effort to create a more confined feeling. 

I can see it all taking shape now. Thanks for listening. 

Bon nuit 

**Currently on display** :)

October 29, 2014

Summer Photos

Bern, Switzerland

Thun, Switzerland

May 13, 2014

#ChicanoCulture Series

Happy Tuesday all. I thought I'd share some painting's I've been working called "#Chicano Roots".  Enjoy!




May 1, 2014

Sculpture for the Garden

Intermediate sculpture has to be one of the best things to happen to me in a long time. 

 That's not to say that it's always smooth sailing and things always work out. Take a look at the big sphere, you can see where the rounds are not touching each other. Not to worry…part of being an artist is figuring out ways to make mistakes work for you. I'll end up stacking these so it won't be noticeable in the end.  

I'm MIG welding steel rounds and flats creating 3 spheres total, then welding those together.

 3 spheres done!

Now its time to make a base out of sheets of metal. I don't have a photo of the sheet but here are the circles i've cut out with the plasma cutter(one of my favorite tools btw). 

Now its time to grind down the jagged edges with a hand-grinder. 

Heres is a closer look at some of my welds. Not the prettiest welds but I will continue to work on them.

Here is another look at the final product. Thanks for looking! 

<3 Janina