BIG UPDATE - A grateful thanks.

I am extremely grateful for the semester spent studying under Raheleh Filsoofi, the time and passion she shares with us as artists and students is something I will always look back on as something to strive for and harness. I learned beyond the class this semester by suppressing my fears of being more open with my ideas, in turn I learned how to balance myself more in line on what is approachable or not in my artistic ventures. One thing that really sparked my passion for visual expression again is the simple and peaceful guidance of letting go of forceful narratives and to just create from pure curiosity. It’s a beautiful feeling and something I really am thankful for in connection to the overall venture of the semester, of my classmates, my professor, and our visiting artist Walford Campbell. I am looking forward to next semester and really focusing everything I got into creating fine art.

WALFORD CAMPELL, and curiosity

Walford Campell is a close friend of Raheleh, and someone who fit in well as a friendly and caring mentor for our class. Mr. Campell is a ceramic artist currently living in Florida and his visit really brought the class together like a passionate and energetic community. We were all working constantly and that felt good. This is the moment, alongside great advice, that really made me see that this dormant passion that I held for ceramics is something to continue focus on as it has taught me more about myself as an artist than any of my previous semesters entering university. For this, alongside Campbell handing over a bowl he threw to play with, I am thankful.

Something I know now as to what made me admire fine art, the world, and life in general, and also something that I think ties my “Final Project” well is my curiosity and passion. I tend to overthink a lot in my life and especially in my art and it is a balancing act that I still struggle with but the more time I put into ceramics the more I learn about letting go and just having fun. I find that this is much easier to do than painting because it is more tangible, more on the hands and feel for the medium. Because of all this I am focusing my “Final Project” as a venture into figuring out what I really enjoy creating, and eventually communicating with ceramics. I aim to solidify several techniques, even just loosely, so that I can work on a strong body of work or maybe even a narrative. For now I’m going to keep playing and having fun letting my curiosity wander.

FAILED GLAZE and clay body

I decided early on that I wanted to try raku since I still havent created a piece using this method. I chose to create a specific Raku clay body and glaze to then experiment on if all went well. My results were poor, so I will try and redo this as well as try some new glazes and clay bodies this upcoming semester.

Vince Pitelka’s Raku Body

Cone 8-10

  • Ball clay 25%

  • Cedar heights Goldart 25%

  • Fireclay 25%

  • Fine Grog 25%

  • Shrinkage 5-8%

Copper MATT Raku

Cone 010-06

  • Bone Ash 33%

  • Gerstly Borate 67%

  • Copper Carbonate 8%

  • Cobalt Carbonate 2%