The project challenge was to make abstract forms, defines as not resembling anything. The secondary challenges were that they must be hung on a wall, possibly incorporate other materials, potential tally be made with a variety of techniques (coils, slabs, pinch-pots, etc..) and finished with different glazes, engines, and terra sigillata.

While, I’ve had the habit of recombining my scarps from planned projects into all sorts of abstract forms and then played with finishing the results, this project initially stumped me. I don’t think I’ve ever consciously planned abstracts.

I have to admit, that I was a little overwhelmed at the start with the potential workload and got anxious about being able to finish them. This absolutely impacted the decisions to not include other materials in my work. (To be honest, it’s also impacting my decisions of courses for next semester… I may opt out of ceramics until I can have the free time to fully explore the materials. Not possible with a full time class schedule and family responsibilities. Simply put, I have no desire to rush through projects anymore.)

The works seen here are only the ones I chose to finish and show. Several others never made it this far. It is my intentions to write about each of the completed works individually over the next week or so, as time permits.

As always, I am grateful for any feedback and love your questions.

More to come…


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