ceramic art

Pony Vase

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a dedicated reader will recognize this Greek Geometric style krater from a previous post.  Part of my requirement for school is to create a piece inspired by the art history studied during the semester.  I chose this piece as my inspiration.  The concept for the piece is to take the basic structure and basic design principals and layer in contemporary images.  I was especially interested in bringing in a graffiti image.  Graffiti has so many similarities to hieroglyphic images, being a picture that means a word and that must be decoded by the viewer.

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I chose coils to build the piece from as it would allow me maximum control.  It is also a method of building that I love and i chose it for the pleasure of being able to spend a couple days in that process.  I began with a scale drawing.  This outline was an invaluable too as it allowed me to hold the shape as i built up from the bottom.  I took frequent measurements of height and  diameter and compared to the drawing.  If I was off, adjustments could be made.

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Once the shape and size were dialed, the form needed fine tuning and handles.  These are in the style of the original pot.

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After the pot was bisqued I used iron oxide to paint the structural designs.  I wanted to be as careful as possible with the patterning and lines so extensive grid lines were used

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Gabe designed the tag, which says Pony and the balloon pony.  The other image is a reduction of the stucco pony that lives outside the studio.  He also placed the decals which requires tons of math and gridding.  Overall we’re thrilled with how the piece turned out, and so happy to get back to the graffiti pots again.

Here’s a video: