Through this project I created a series of terracotta clay forms in order to explore the issues surrounding woman portrayed in historical narrative especially that of Greek mythology. This project is important at this time because of the rewriting of the female narrative going on in our culture today especially in social media with the rise of the #metoo movement.
Form and Surface Study - Thrown Amphora
This piece was my first attempt at learning to throw an amphora vase form with terracotta. I had never thrown such a porous clay before so it was a learning process. Learning to throw such large forms was also new to me. Throwing and piecing shapes on top of others was done through trial and error as I had to get to know the drying time of the clay. The handles toke several attempts due to the difficulty of making them identical on each side. Once thrown and trimmed I experimented with different cone levels and patterning. I burnished this surface but only painted some patterns to see how the slip would turn out as a test. This clay turned out over-fired as visible from the dark red hue of the surface.