This quarter, I'm taking Altered Forms
, which sounds like an absurd 80s alien movie or something else excessively ominous. What it actually means is that we throw something on the wheel, then cut it up and stick it together in interesting ways.
Week 1: Throwing bottomless cylinders and cutting up the long walls that result to use as non-round walls for some kind of container. I made a few things; one long half-oval dish, one sort of figure-eight with one side of the wall textured for a nice inside-outside effect, and one seed-capsule-looking trilobate item with a lid and some side detailing. (The lid continues to dissatisfy me, so I continue to mess with it.)
Week 2: Learning to throw closed forms, including hollow balls and hollow toroids. More difficult than I thought! This was taught by a substitute teacher, who turned out to be very good and helped me a lot. Results: Two hollow items of dubious sphericality, the world's ugliest donut, and a melted-down sort of cone shape that I felt certain I could do something
Week 3: Cutting up the closed forms and combining them with handbuilt spouts and handles to make bizarre stuff! Just today I told a labmate that this class was fun but not the revelation the first one was. I can deal with the universe being contrary to that; this class was incredible. So many people doing amazing, unique work. One person had a cute little elephant, another made a huge pitcher with a burst-open place on the back for filling, one made a foot-tall looping handle for a little teapot... So cool.( And here's what I made. )