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November 27, 2016
Pottery

For many years I've wanted to take a pottery class and learn to throw pots on a wheel. I've had a very small amount of experience with hand-building vessels from back in junior high, but I've never worked on a pottery wheel before. I had the opportunity to take a pottery class at the arts centre nearby, and we started working on the wheel during our very first class – exciting and a bit frightening! The whole class (myself included) had our share of small disasters, but for the most part, we ended up laughing despite it all.

The first three vessels I threw had walls that were too thick, but I managed to take advantage of that and make the surface a bit more interesting when I got to the carving part. I carved a foot (base) on each vessel then flipped them over to carve out different edges and textures for each one. This process is done on the wheel, and feels to me a bit like what turning a piece of wood might be like. I really enjoyed this part of the process. Here are the vessels after carving was complete:




The glazing process was an adventure. Although we had a sample board to refer to when it came to choosing and mixing glazes. It seems there's only so much control you have in how a glazed piece of pottery will turn out. For those who need total control, the glazing process might be frustrating, but many in our class were happily surprised to see what the finished product was, even if it wasn't what they'd planned. Our instructor suggested that for pieces with a lot of texture a celadon glaze might be a good choice. My Stanley Cup-esque piece ;) seemed ideal to try this glaze, and I'm happy with the result. Because it's a simple glaze, it brings out the texture and fine particles in the clay.


For the other two pieces I used two glazes, opal blue and celadon, dipped one after the other. The resulting mix had some very interesting sedimentary characteristics which I love!


©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis.

Halfway through the course I realized that I was making a technical mistake. For right-handed people like me, the majority of work on the vessel is done on the right side, or at the 3-o'clock position (for lefties it's at 9-o'clock). I'd been working on the wrong side, so I had to re-learn that element. I've been practising, and so far my vessels are starting to have the right thickness and shape. I'm planning to take another course in January to continue developing my skills, so there will be more pottery posts to come!



April 8, 2016
Sketchbook

Recently, I watched an excellent video talking about how important repetition is in sketching portraits. One of the elements that are so vital in successful sketching is the position and general structure of the skull. Ideally, this should be one of the first steps I consider before moving on to detail, but often I skip it. Here, I’ve done a page of skull positions for practice. As always, returning to basics is always good practice!

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 16cm x 19.5cm, digital conté



April 6, 2016
Sketchbook

I had a little more success with my second attempt (still love what ends up happening in the 5-second sketch, though!):

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 16cm x 19.5cm, digital conté



April 4, 2016
Sketchbook

I thought that since I so enjoyed Jake Parker’s 8-minute sketch challenge, I might be able to apply the same idea to my recent portrait practice. As with the last sketch challenge, the idea is to draw the same subject in shorter and shorter periods of time - spend 4 minutes on the first sketch (#1), 2 minutes on the next, then 1 minute, 30 seconds, 15 seconds and 5 seconds on the next 4 sketches. The first sketch was okay, but as you can see, by the last sketch you can barely tell the subject is meant to be human! This was good practice (and a bit of a laugh), and I intend to keep at it and see how much I can improve my speed.

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 16cm x 19.5cm, digital conté



April 1, 2016
Sketchbook

Getting any good work out today was a bit of a grind. Maybe I’ve gotten too used to painting baseboards and walls! It took several tries, but these are two sketches I’m happy with:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 16cm x 19.5cm, digital ink



March 28, 2016
Sketchbook

Some warm-up ink sketches from yesterday:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 14cm x 10cm, ink on sketchbook paper



March 23, 2016
Sketchbook

My attempts at this kind of portrait sketching have been rather hit-and-miss. Here, the sketch on the left took several tries to get a decent likeness, while the one on the right took only a few minutes:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 18cm x 12cm, digital ink



March 18, 2016
Sketchbook

A few more sketch selections from today:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 18cm x 19.5cm, digital ink



March 16, 2016
Sketchbook

More fast drawings for today’s warm-up sketch:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 21.5cm x 21.5cm, digital ink



March 14, 2016
Sketchbook

I’m working on more quick gestures, this time incorporating some contour as well:

©2016 Jennifer Georgeadis. 19.5cm x 13.5cm, digital ink


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