SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2019

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16 JANUARY 2019 SchoolArts W hen planning for this year, I did some reflecting on what was introduced in Ceramics 1. I decided that I wanted to focus more on hand-build- ing than throwing. Hand-building gives students the opportunity to experience how clay responds to our artistic requests as well as an under- standing of the creative possibilities the media holds. I also wanted to give students a chance to explore more variety in surface textures in clay. Slump-Molded Platter I wanted to start students out with a simple slab slump-molded platter. The ease of this technique begs for a complex surface treatment. Sgraf - fito, a challenging finish design, is just the technique to show students how what you choose to add to the project is just as important as what you put into building the basic form. Sgraffito is a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface of one color to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done with slip on ceramics before firing. Sgraffito To learn about the process of sgraf- fito, students researched the word's origin and definition, explored the technique's historical uses, and admired projects created with it from artists past and present. Students gathered all of their visual research onto a digital planning sheet. I next gave students a sheet of trac- ing paper and a reusable plastic plate. They traced the plate on their tracing paper and cut it out. This was folded into eight segments by repeatedly folding the circle in half. Students designed just one segment of their design (like a slice of pizza) and then Hand-building gives students the opportunit to experience how cla esponds to our artistic requests as well as an understanding of the creative possibilities the media holds. Jessica Stifel Previous page: Students looked at various sgraffito designs and incorporated what they liked about their favorites with subject matter or design styles that appealed to them. All of their designs were original and unique to their tastes. The top sgraffito design, initialed RE, was personalized by student Ryan Evans.

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