Monday, July 13, 2015


clay, glazes, oxides & misc. embellishments

This assignment is all about critical thinking;
a design,
 that when built,
 has moveable parts.
And the second part is to put it together with lots of visually pleasing embellishments.

And that's exactly what senior Asha Bhakta did above.
Lots of eye catching goodies along with many moveable pieces.

Junior Juliene Porciuncula has built this very sweet angel.
Notice those little side arms that are wired on and can be moved and adjusted,
and how delicately she has manipulated the wires.

I adored these next three by (from left to right) 8th grader Lindsey Chang,
senior Eduardo Jacinto,
and 8th grader Chloe Chang.
So much so that I had to show off their movable parts.
Each was a clever lidded container, 
and all three were hinged on after glazing with strong waxed linens.
Clever children  :)

And speaking of clever,
check out senior Ankita Batra's lidded container!
Another challenge in this assignment was to plan out the design before construction,
 and to know how the embellishments were going to be attached after glazing.
Ankita knew going in that she needed pierced holes to glue her feathers into,
holes to attach her beaded wires, 
and holes for her hinges.
and that's why her piece was so successful and included in this post.

And then speaking of planning,
senior Elijah Ramos thrilled us with his controller
with clay buttons that actually moved up and down on springs.
I was so impressed!

And I'm so upset that I can't find the other pix that belongs with this photo
 of senior Arun Ramakrishnan toilet.
Of course the lid of the can moves up and down. 

Whoo Hoo,
I found it!!
A class favorite for his humor.

Another favorite was this one by junior Efrain Quintero
with lots of moveable limbs.
And the pumpkin head lid was also moveable. 

I thought it was brilliant that senior Michelle Cuatrona thought to use balloons 
for the arms and legs.
How unique!
And then loved that cute little door that opens and closes.

This broken heart by junior Sitara Puliyanda was so beautifully glazed
 by staining with our oxides.

And this little cutie by 8th grader Claire Chung 
had arms and body that moved up and down.
So fun to play with.

And last but never least is senior Laarnie Barcelon with this hugely complex piece.
I had it photographed from many angles 
so you could appreciate all the work she put into it's construction
as well as embellishment.
The green base was made from foam core board that she sponge painted
and cut to desired shape.
She used actual wood branches for the deer's antlers, 
and all the limbs are moveable.
And she glazed the sweetest face on it as you can see.

A lot of thinking is going on here at Whitney High School's Art Department.

1 comment:

  1. Rube Goldberg ceramics! I love it!!!

    A tip of the hat to Eduardo's egg for its deceivingly elegant simplicity ... I'll bet it wasn't easy to maintain the impressed pattern.