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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Self Critique

I've been avoiding writing this post.

So much so, that I have managed to get all sorts of other computer tasks accomplished as a sort of procrastination technique. It can be tough to face one's own work and look at it with an eye towards constructive criticism.

Though I'm still not sure what to say, writing this post will at least force me to think about my work.
Batch 1
I agree that there is a quality in Batch 1 that isn't present in the others. The colors are more muted and earthy. The forms are more spherical; less flattened.

Both batches 1 and 6 seem to work well as a grouping. The Minis in Batches 3-5 have more individual appeal to me, and look more jumbled when seen together.

Batches 4-6 all came out of my 100 Mini Challenge. (Though I only actually made it to 75. Bummer!) As intended, this exercise forced me to try things a bit out of my comfort zone. Some of these experiments, new techniques, glaze combination, and slip patterns are successful. Some are not. But what I've learned from doing so many in such a short period of time created a huge learning curve! So, it's true. Even the failed pieces are essential.
Batch 6
I turned back to my typical carvings when I was about on Mini #50. (Batch 6) These carvings are the most natural and instinctual for me to create. I feel this line movement creates an appealing asymmetrical balance on these symmetrical forms.

Technically, I remembered also that the glazes in Batch 1 were both brushed andsprayed. I'm wondering if the spray application helps to give a softer, more organic look, as well as depth with the gradation of color/texture. I'll have to remember to experiment with that more in the next batches.

Thank you BrianMeredithPaulPatriciaLinda for your comments and critique! And thanks Carolyn, Bonnie, and Dad for your emails! I truly appreciate you taking the time to look over my work and offer feedback!!

Off to the studio now!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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