Through this project, I created a series of terracotta clay forms to explore the issues surrounding women portrayed in historical narratives, especially Greek mythology. This project is significant because of the rewriting of the female role 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 structures 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 took 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.