Monday, January 4, 2010

Artist Study * Mini-Research PapeR

For this paper, you will find a ceramic artist whose work you are particularly drawn to…look online, in books or magazines for inspiration. The artist can be contemporary, meaning they are alive and creating ceramic art today, or they can be from any point in history.

Print out or photocopy at least two images of your chosen artist’s work. These photos will be passed in with your paper.

The paper will be a summary of the artist’s bio as well as why you chose them and what specifically you admire about their work. This should be about 2 pages: make sure you include all the information below!

-who the artist is

-important dates: birth, death (if applicable), when they were creating artwork

-where they are from, where they work(ed)

-what specific techniques do they use? types of clay/glazes, type of kiln/firing process

*hint: when you see a word you do not recognize, ex. “raku”, look it up in Google or Wikipedia and describe that in your paper!

-why you chose this artist: what drew you to their work? why do you admire this person, what about your knowledge of ceramics makes them particularly interesting?

-what connections can you make between this person’s work and your own ceramic work? are the two similar in style, concept, form or finish? or are they very different—and how did the similarities/differences influence your decision to choose this artist in particular?

Please use complete sentences, and type the paper….remember that the content is more important than the length of the paper!

*Due Friday, January 15th* *Please include Sources!*


  1. allie forlenza-commenting for extra credit...

  2. What type of kiln do we use? is it cone 5?
    matt smoot

  3. Michael Sherrill's teapot is beautiful! I can't believe it actually works! Some of his other teapots and works are pretty amazing as well.

  4. This is Danielle Livneh
    question: is wikipedia a credible source?

  5. I like the use of colors in Adrian Saxe's piece! It's very unique. I've never seen anything like it. I like that it's not just all clay- he uses other materials too.
    -Kelsey Sym

  6. Matt--we fire our work to cone 05, which is lower than cone 5
    Danielle--you can use wikipedia, try to double-check your info with other sites to be sure it's correct

  7. When I was reading about Lisa Orr I learned that she is a synesthete, which means that she has a hereditary condition that makes her always experience certain numbers and letters as certain colors, for example 3 could always be yellow. I noticed that her work is very colorful- I wonder how her condition influences that.

    ~Abby Heingartner

  8. wow, abby! i never knew interesting

  9. Did Lisa Orr use glazes to create different layers or actual clay???

    The collage example reminds me of Chinatown... just saying :)

  10. This is luke psyhojos.

    My favorite luminary is the green one. I like how it only uses squares and rectangles but they are in such a pattern that it is not boring.