Category Archives: Finished Work

Building Decals

This past summer I’ve been a busy bee. One mini project I’ve been working on was designing a series of decals that represented the inspiring buildings of Rosendale. As I drove to my internship through the town, I was in awe of the architecture and adornment. So, I sat outside of a few buildings and sketched them. I traced them over with ink and made them into ceramic decals. Yeay!

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Peony Tulipiere

Only a hand full of garden plants go back in time as far as peonies. They’re ancient flowers with an extremely rich history. They’ve been used and cultivated for thousands of years in China and they’ve also played a part in Greek mythology. Peonies received their name from a Greek pupil of Asclepius, who is the Greek god of medicine and healing. Rumor has it that Zeus saved the pupil, Paeon, from Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. However, all mythology aside, peonies have long been acknowledged for its medicinal qualities. This beautiful plant is used to alleviate a variety of ailments because their roots, flowers and seeds which are used to make medicine. The peony is still used to treat modern day illnesses, but one ancient belief stuck with me, the flower’s ability to alleviate toothaches. While doing some research, to my surprise, I’ve discovered that Chinese peony mouthwash is for sale on the internet. They peony root posses anti-inflammatory qualities and is one of the most important herbs in Oriental medicine. Learning about the peony and all of its rich history has influenced me to make a tulipiere. Formally I wanted my tulipiere to mimic the shape of a molar, hence the root like protrusions stemming from the body or “tooth”. The peony is more than just a beautiful flower and deserves a dignified “vase” to embrace it.

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This Semester’s Work

The semester is over and I finally have time to blog again. I’ve photographed a good portion of my work to share, hope you enjoy!

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Wheel Class Assignment I Part II

For this set I used mishima to translate grid plans onto clay. In this process I found it difficult to stay true to each plan. Replicating precise line drawings on a round surface and a clay surface was a challenge. I wanted the mugs to look like there was a black and white line drawing on them and that is why I chose the mishima technique as opposed to the sgraffito technique. I made a Leach Clear glaze which happened to craze on the ^10 porcelain. In the smaller mugs, which I acquired from my classmate, you can see a spiral of gray and white on the surface, which is studio stoneware and porcelain marbled. The Leach Clear glaze seemed to better fit the stoneware. I think I made a poor glaze choice by applying Yellow Salt to the insides. Using a darker color on the interior would have created more contrast. Perhaps next time I would  use black underglaze on the inside.

Wheel Class Assignment I Part I

In wheel class we were asked to throw two sets of mugs. Before we attached any handles or made any major alterations/surface designs, we were instructed to exchange two mugs from each set with a classmate and find a way to incorporate these new forms into a cohesive set. We were encouraged to explore different surface techniques and I decided to try my hand at sgraffito. This set is inspired by window architecture. I used specific photo references for each design. I’m not too pleased with the cloudiness of the green celadon glaze, it’s amazing how glaze can either make or break a piece.

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Bri Murphy

Artist, Maker