Ceramic Landscapes – Final outcome for Field 1

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After the slip surface decoration workshop I wanted to explore ceramics a bit more, so I played around with making textures and marks on a 3D surface. These are some ceramic 3D landscapes I made as a result of this.

On a technical level making something 3D was challenging because I had to take into consideration wether the  structure was strong enough to survive being moved around, whilst still keeping the intricate formations I wanted.

I was using earthenware clay for this because it was what was around at the time and I found it to be good for making interesting marks in, but if I were to use clay again I might look in to what other clays I could use as they all seem to bring different properties to a piece. I was told that the more this is fired the darker it gets which will be something to take into account if I ever wanted to glaze this.

The clay I was working with was quite wet which seems to have made some of my marks look organic and flowing but as the clay started to dry slightly in places the marks I was making changed to be less flowing and more scratchy. This could be something I could take forward in the future if I wanted to create contrasts in texture. If I work with clay again I would also like to have a go at something more figurative.

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I started to think of other ways I could take this piece further by putting it into a sequential image like I did with the slip decoration pieces. This doesn’t have a specific narrative attached to it but I think that this sort of sequence would work well along side other, more narrative-driven sequences, possibly to show a passing of time in an environment.

Another way of making use of this material in my practice could be by using moving image by stop motion.

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The fact that this is in clay seems to bring new associations. For example the unfired clay looks earthy and warm. would this have the same effect if I mixed the exact same shade of orange paint?

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