Monday, April 26, 2010

Luminary: a body that gives light, especially one of the celestial bodies (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary)

Our ceramic luminaries will be box forms that enclose a candle, have a lid, and let out light through a series of pierced decorations.

Create a challenging geometric form with your slabs. Make a paper template before beginning. Control dry slabs to leather hard, bevel edges and slip and score well!

Use piercing in a thoughtful and meaningful manner: piercing should enhance and fit with the overall theme.

Use a color scheme with surface decoration that is well chosen and well applied.

Optional: tie the visual theme of your luminary to a dream (which could have occurred during sleep, or may be a wish or want while awake)

Homework due Friday, April 30th (or before for extra credit!)

Sketch out your idea for the luminary on the back of this sheet

Also--go to to check out pictures of luminaries, and leave a comment for extra credit!

check minus=late, on time but not in color or rushed

check=on time, in color, thoughtfully drawn

check plus=early, more than one sketch, in color, description included

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Visual Pathways

There are many ways to create interesting visual pathways on your project using surface design. The goal in coming up with a surface design is to create interest all around your three-dimensional piece. Leading lines are lines in a design that lead the viewer’s eye around the piece…try diagonals, or flowing, sweeping lines that carry the design from one side of the piece to the other.

Will you follow the symmetry of the form,

or will your design be asymmetrical?

How will you use surface design to give the

viewer clues about your culture

or personal interests?