My name is Jonathan Manases Hernandez and I created this blog to organize my ideas and sketches. On top of this, blogging is naturally becoming like a diary, so I think I will keep treating it as so as I am learning a lot about myself and how to map out my thought process.
There are three different types of clay bodies.
Porcelain - A fine-grain high-firing clay body. Fires to a very durable and strong pure white ceramic because of its high kaolin content. Kaolin is the purest form of clay and because of this porcelain lacks some of what is needed for it to be stretchy. This makes porcelain difficult to work with.
Stoneware - A coarse-grained mid-high firing clay body. Fires to a grayish to dark brown color due to iron and other impurities. It is very durable once fired.
Earthenware - A fine-grained low-firing clay body. Fires to a red to brown or orange state due to impurities/iron and are not very durable as it is very porous.
The color of clay is affected by the materials in it, including impurities.
THEME FOR THE MARATHON
My theme for the marathon was the three body parts said previously. I was proposing a large installation project that covered several topics in your syllabus. I guess it was confusing so I'm proposing this instead as my marathon theme.
I want to focus on the color harmonies and patterns in Andy Dixons work. I really enjoy his use of colors and shapes and how he breaks it all down into his compositions. I want to do something similar in my marathon project. I also want to experiment with the glazing portion as well, taking into considerations the vivid colors Dixon uses. My plan is to create three decorative ceramic bodies each made with the techniques listed in the syllabus. I want to engrave and add texture within and around the bodies so that there can be some contrast in the piece. I'm trying to explore interactions within my piece so I created slots in which the ceramic bodies enter and interact together, creating a type of island piece.