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VesselBy Kyle orourkeArtist ResearchGrayson PerryGrayson Perry makes coil pots with extreme detail and texture on the outside. He carefully plans out his pot before he starts to make it as he doesnt like things going wrong but yet again he also doesnt fear making mistakes as he says that is when he does his best work.

Simon SchubertSimon Schubertis an artist based inCologne, inspired bySurrealismas well as bySamuel Beckett, Schubert's works include very complicated designs such as architecture but he uses some of the simplest of materials such as plain white paper.

Grayson Perry - Coil PotsGrayson Perry is a ceramist who works with clay and creates large coil pots with detailed images inlayed and carved into the side.

He uses a lot of research either secondary or primary (art gallerys), he says he needs a lot of research because he mind doesnt have endless creativity.

Another thing he says is that is some of his best moments making pots was when he wasnt worried about making a mistake. Shi Jindian - Wire Shi Jindian was born in China in 1953. He went to the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Shi Jindians works are based on destruction and reconstruction of real objects. The process is very time consuming and meditation-like which enables the artist to change the traditional language of sculptures.

This work can also compare to Johan Schrefts work and it shows the diversity of wire and the possibilities of working with wire as Jindians work is huge compared to Schrefts.

Johan Schreft Paper/Wire Dutch artist Johan Schreft creates three-dimensional lifesize models of birds from pieces of paper. To make his works even more realistic he paints each one by hand with watercolors andgouache. The results are simply mind-blowing. Leiden-based Johan Schreft showed an interest in drawing as well as animals and nature at a very young age. Inspired by the artworksdesigned by the english artist Malcolm Topp, he started makingpaper bird models when he was only 14 years old.

Li Hongbo - PaperChinese artist Hongbo creates amazing stone like sculptures but up close you realise that in fact it is not stone it is layers upon layers of paper which when pulled can distort this sculpture in almost anyway possible and then in an instant snap back together to create the original sculpture. He can use up to 8000 pieces of paper just for a single head, he will then grind and sand it down to the desired shape and size.

Jennifer McCurdy

Jennifer McCurdy is and American born clay artist who specialises in clay throwing, she uses porcelain because it has a good surface and the qualities of light and dark which she wants to express. She fires her work to cone 10 when the porcelain because non porous and translucent.

Ellen JacksonEllen Jackson has created an art form that mirrors her intrigue with the relationship of the woven form, color, and texture. She graduated from New Yorks Fashion Institute of Technology, with a degree in textile design. While she was there, she was introduced to the art of weaving and a delightfully unexpected passion for the woven structure began.

Regina HeinzOriginally trained as a painter at the academy of fine arts in Vienna, Regina Heinz discovered working with clay a few years ago as an expansion and enrichment of her previous work. She studied Ceramics in Vienna, Geneva and London, where she has been living since 1989.

WorkshopsWeavingEquipment/MaterialsScissorsCutting matPlastic bags - It is very weak and struggles to hold its self up. It can bend in any shape and can be stretched but that does make it weaker. Cardboard (loom) - Is quite rigid and inflexible. It can be used as support other structures

Potential and LimitationsThe potentials of this method can go all the way to edge of the materials capabilities, its main and usual uses are making lightweight, flexible vessels

Limitations of this material would be that it cannot be made to carry heavy objects or be a waterproof vessel.

Health and SafetyRespect your environment by putting bags under desks and no messing around with scissors

Do not eat or drink in the room

Technique 1. Cut off the handles at the top and heated seal at the bottom to be left with a smooth tube.2.Cut the plastic bag from side to side to create strips which can be fastened together. Take 2 of the strips and put create a loop with one, then put the other through it and then through itself but dont tighten it to much as the plastic can be weakened.

Technique (cont)3.To create the loom cut slits into 2 adjacent sides of a cardboard square and then feed the yarn through them, end to end, to create the weft of the loom. 4.Now you can the rest of the plarn warp through the loom and create a weave piece.5. Pass the needle over and under the warp yarns, pulling the strand through as you go. Then for the second row to the opposite weave.

EvaluationI learnt how to weave and make my own loom and by learning that I can now go on to create my own fabrics and materials using this method.

Also I like this method as it is very simple to do but the downside is its very time consuming.

Wire DrawingEquipment/MaterialsGreen Wire, It is very flexible and easy to bend but can also stand on its own.

Silver Wire, It is very strong and hard to manipulate into shapes.

Wire cutters

TechniqueTo make a wire sculpture/drawing you basically just bend and manipulate wires into the shapes you want and then put them all together, while it sounds easy enough its harder than it looks.

Evaluation I learnt how to make wire sculptures which I didnt particularly like doing because the wire is very fiddly and annoying to attach and get into shape.

Potential and LimitationsThe potential of this could be making fruit bowls and heavy vessels depending on the strength of the wire.

However it cannot be made into a liquid carrying vessel as it would be extremely difficult to make waterproof or maybe its not even possible.

Coil PotsEquipment/MaterialsStoneware clay, it is very soft when first worked on but when it starts drying out it gets constantly harder to shape and mould. After being fired in the kiln it becomes as hard as rock. After it has been properly fired stoneware resists chipping, it is also quite heavy for its size compared to the likes of porcelain and earthenware. It normally has quite a dull or dark colour and has a glass like sheen. Technique1. Squeezing the clay into a coil or rolling between your hands are two ways to make coils. This technique can be difficult to make a smooth round coil because of the uneven pressure from your hands and fingers.

2.When hand rolling coils, use a smooth surface and spreading your hands to apply even pressure. Gently roll the clay back and forth.

3.Roll the coils so that they are a little thicker than a pencil. Then stack the coils one on top of another. Technique (cont)4.For strength, force the clay together on the inside of the piece. Use you finger and scrape the top coil onto the coil under it.5.When smoothing the inside of the piece hold you other hand on the outside so you do not damage what you have completed already. 6.If you want the top level, gently turn your piece over and lightly tap it on a smooth surface.

7.When you are finished with your piece let it dry slowly. The grooves in the piece are weak spots and if this dries too quick it will crack. EvaluationI learnt how to make a coil pot from scratch and build it into a specified design. I also learnt some of the properties of stoneware clay and what can happen to it while being fired.

Potential and LimitationsThe potentials are that it could be as big as you want and can have a lot of curves. They can be used to carry things such as liquids but can also carry solid objects but would be less effective.

A limitation to this would be the weight of the clay as the bigger you make it the more weight will be on the bottom coils which could cause them to be crushed or crack in the kiln.

Slab PotsEquipmentStoneware clay

Rolling pin

Roller guides

NewspaperTechnique1. Begin with a smooth flat surface. Place newspaper or cloth over the surface to prevent the clay from sticking to your work surface. Spread the clay out by patting it with your whole hand.

2. To flip the clay over - carefully hold top and bottom of the clay with the palms of your hands. This will prevent the clay from tearing while you are flipping it.

3. To help you roll your clay to an even thickness, place a yard stick on each side and roll out until the clay is the same thickness as your yard stick.

Technique (cont)4. Use a ruler to help you cut a straight line. After you cut out your bottom and sides, let them sit until the clay is leather hard. For most clay's this will take about an hour.

5. When your clay is leather hard use a needle or sharp pencil to scratch the edges of the clay where the clay will be joined together. A criss-cross pattern works well for this.

6. Make some slip by watering down a small amount of clay until it is the consistency of yogurt. Apply the slip to the areas you just scratched. Technique (cont)7. I like to use the top end of a brush to smooth out the corners. Notice my other hand holding the corner so I don't break it away.

8. If you plan to make a lid measure the length and width of the piece and write down the measurements. The piece will shrink as it dries and you will need these measurements to make the lid.

Evaluation I learnt how to make and roll slabs of clay and then create a piece of pottery with them. I also learnt how to make slip which is used to attach the pieces of slip together.

Potential and LimitationsA potential of thi