Day 231

I have done it! Hahaha! No, really, I threw pots with paper clay. The first one was a little odd, but by the fourth one I had figured it out. Paper clay has a slightly different consistency than normal clay. And considering I haven’t thrown in almost a year, not wasting any clay or screwing anything up is quite the accomplishment. Then I had to trim them almost but not quite exactly similar like bowls. I make awesome clay, because I had no problems with that. Nice and smooth. I’m not sure how many of you, dear readers, know this, but the longer clay sits the more elastic it becomes. Unfortunately, since there is a biodegradable substance in paper clay, one has to use it quickly before it starts to smell. I put a crazy amount of bleach in mine to counteract this. Granted, even with bleach, the longer it sits, the worse it will smell. Mine has started to smell, but it doesn’t quite smell rotten. It kind of smells like those old gunpowder caps from cap guns after they’ve been fired. I wonder if they still sell those. I used to have one: it was clear plastic so I could see all the mechanics of it. Hehe, toys. Anyway, I’m just happy that my idea worked. I can throw with paper clay. Round shapes beware!

Day 227

I’ve been working. Both on my stuff and with the second years. Their show is hanging in the Canzani Gallery and it is amazing. I concentrated most of my efforts on helping David DeRosa with his awesome Rorschach wall craziness. Of which Jenn suggested that he make wallpaper and sell it. And we would buy it. If you, dear readers, find your way here, to go and see it. It may blow your mind. And now we have to step it up and do something more amazing next year. Aw, crap.

Day 210

I spent my entire spring break making things. And it was awesome. My back got sore being all hunched over working at my table, but stretching helped with that. The quiet studios were glorious, giving me enough silence to be able to think clearly. And I got to use the kilns over break. Behold the power of the grad student! And the mercy of the head of fine arts. Hahaha! I wish we had more breaks like this, just days and days of producing. I feel like I got more done in the past week than I have all semester. I know that’s not true, but firing pieces seems to give things finality and the idea of having accomplished something. It’s interesting too, talking things over with Jenn, seeing as she doesn’t have any art background. We put our heads together and went thrifting, finding a possible way to display the animations. We’ll see if we can get it to work. Technology! Metal Boxes! Gears! Coffee! I’m going to go animate things now.

Day 182

It’s always interesting to stop and realize what has influenced the decision making up until this point. When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading an article on stop-motion animation and doing a report on it. No one believed me when I said that it took the animators three weeks to shoot thirty seconds of usable footage. I believed it and now I’m living it, although technology has improved beyond imagination from 22 years ago. Who knew I’d be animating in grad school? When I was in 6th grade I had no idea this could be so awesome. And thanks to Toby and his scattered wooden gears, I have another element to animate. Sketches to come soon. By the way, I love epic instrumental music. Been listening to it while I’m working and it makes everything seem so much more exciting. That, and having Lulu in the studio space.