Mackenzie´s Portfolio Fall 2016
There are many reasons that I took Advanced Art this year, I took the class last year and really enjoyed it, also I love doing art so any extra opportunity to work with different mediums is good for me. I also enjoy being able to learn new skills from Mrs. Galyk to further my art abilities.
This year I haven´t gotten through many projects, I did a few experimental things but only one big thing and that´s what I am going to mainly show in this portfolio, my dragon. I have spent the last 2-3 months working on hand building this dragon sculpture. I started the project having very little experience with clay. The only sculptures I had done were a Whale last year that was extremely rough and a Dr. Suess Lorax sculpture. (pictured below)
To start my dragon I used a technique where you cut clay slabs into strips of clay and lay them on top of each other and push them together and rub the clay to blend it together. After doing this and creating a base I realized it was way too big so i had to cut it in half and take a large portion out before putting it back together. Once I got the right size of base, which is the neck of the dragon I could start building up and out to make it look like a duck. My dragon remained in this ¨duck¨ phase for a while until I started doing a lot of texture work and finally added teeth to make it look like a dragon. To do all of this I used wooden tools of various sizes to create a scaly look on the head. Then to make the other scales I rolled out thin clay slabs and cut them into rhombuses and slip and scored them to look like bigger armor like scales. At this point my dragon was looking great but something just wasn´t right, the mouth looked really weird. Finally I decided my dragon needed a tongue! So I added a thin lizard like toung
Finally I got my dragon done. I thought this was the hard part but I was in for a surprise. So we fired my dragon with some of my peers sculptures.
That hard part I was talking about, yeah its called glazing this crazy process in which you paint your bisque with colors that look nothing like what they look like after they are fired. Then you trow it in the kiln again a hope it doesn´t look horrible. You can also never tell how it will turn out. Based on all this I wasn´t sure how I was going to do this so I did a lot of test glazing.