Friday, November 4, 2016

Mesa Redonda

Joel: 


Sergio:
O Sérgio falou sobre a diferença entre pessoas pobre e rico no Brasil. E o salário mínimo para os brasileiros é 880,00 mas o cesta básica era mais ou menos 400. Ele também falou que a renda familiar mensal é muito baixa : 1% → 13.560. 4% → 6,780. 9% → 3.390. 16% → 2.034. 20% → 1.356. 46% → 1.356.
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Ele também mostrou uma imagem muito famosa que mostra a diferença de classe no Morumbi. Mas quando ele perguntou se nós podemos eliminar as diferença de classe, isso me fez observar as diferenças de classe no meu próprio bairro. Eu acho que é impossível eliminar completamente a diferenças de classe porque está provado que isso não funciona como: Venezuela, Cuba, etc. Eu acho que isso é só idealismo, e que não tem uma solução porque todos os seres humanos são gananciosos.


Eliza:
A Eliza apresentou sobre a educação alternativa no Brasil. Ela falou que a educação é um chave fundamental e que a escola deve ter espaço democrático com participantes de alunos, professores, pais, etc. Isso conetou com a nossa escola, Escola Graduada, porque os estudantes podem falar e os professores vão considerar e escutar. Nós discutimos que a sala da aula tem que ser mais livre, não como o ensino tradicional onde os professores ensinam e os alunos escutam passivamente. Eu acho que não pode ser muito livre como o que Ms.Lau e outros disseram porque ainda estamos aprendendo, e nós não vamos para escola para descansar e relaxar no sofá. Então eu acho que não é bom se for muito estrito, mas também não é bom se é muito livre: tem que ter um equilíbrio.

Josefina:


Ben:
O Ben discutiu sobre os refugiados na Europa e as pessoas participaram como os outros paises como MUN style. Ele disse que tem um grande diferenca entre refugiados e imigrantes porque os imigrantes sao pessoas que podem voltar mas os refugiados não têm para onde voltar. Depois, eu pensei sobre Vida Morte Severina porque o severino não é um refugiado mas ele tinha um sonho como um refugiado. Ele também deixou a terra a onde ele nasceu, a família, a casa, em busca de melhor condições de vida. Mas a diferença é que ele pode voltar se ele quiser.

Kata:
A Kata discutiu sobre o aquecimento global no Brasil. Ela disse que milhões de toneladas de gás carbônico são lançadas na atmosfera anualmente, contribuindo com quase 20% para o aquecimento global. A poluição atmosférica provoca danos a todos os seres vivos. E era interessante discutir que mais pessoas morrem por causa da poluição atmosférica do que acidentes por transportes. Ela perguntou “O que vocês acham que são as maiores causas da poluição atmosférica?” Eu concordei com os outras pessoas que eles disseram que as indústrias são a maior causa. Mas, eu também acho que os carros, transportes contribuem muito, junto com a desflorestação (deforestation). Foi uma boa apresentação porque ela incluiu muitas porcentagens/estatísticas para nos-ajudar a entender a importância do aquecimento global.

Tobias:
O Tobias falou sobre o uso de drogas no Brasil, e ele disse que a maioria das pessoas que usam drogas são pessoas que são pobres. E nós discutimos bastante sobre o que nós achamos que sejam as razões para isso. Eu achava que era por causa que quando os pobres usam as drogas, eles esquecem das condições deles. Por causa disso, eles querem usar isso de novo e se tornam vicio.  Depois, ele falou que a solução desse problema era para educar as pessoas. Eu concordo com isso, mas eu também acho que nós precisamos de ter uma lei mais forte/rígida, porque como eu disse na aula, na Coréia a lei é mais forte, e por isso não temos muitos problemas com o uso de drogas lá. Mas depois, o Ben discutiu que não podemos só confiar na educação porque as pessoas decidem o que eles querem. Eu também acho isso porque existe a pressão social então por isso, os adolescentes se tornam drogados porque eles querem incluir-se no grupo. Os pais têm um papel importante porque se eles não estão atentos aos filhos, eles não vão perceber o que os filhos estão fazendo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Argentina Podcast




Ola! Eu gostaria de falar sobre o meu viagem para Argentina. Eu fiquei lá por 4 dias mas parece que eu só fique por 2 dias. Nós fomos no Teatro Colón, Catedral, Casa Rosada, assistimos Senhor Tango, O Ateneu, e mais! Foi muito legal mas era uma pena que tinha muitas pessoas dormindo na rua... Agora eu vou falar sobre o questõe econômico (pobreza e fome).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Reflection on Learning Economics

As for now, I'm understanding the laws that we are learning in class. However, the graph of the signals, and incentives kind of confuses me a little bit. I do understand that the price has a signalling function as well as an incentive function, but when I try to put that on a diagram, I'm not too sure if I'm doing the right thing. In the formative, I did try my best to draw a diagram of it, but I wasn't too sure whether what I drew made sense. I do believe that I am being organized in my studying because I try to highlight the important information in my printed booklet (take notes of it), as well as ask questions to Mr.Pierce when I'm not understanding a certain topic we're learning in class. Even doing so, I still have parts where I need to improve on: knowing the definition of the terms fully, being able to connect those terms with each other, and have a stronger analysis in general by explaining more. A core value that represents myself would be "responsibility" as I always complete the homework on time, and come to class on time. However, something that I need to work on would be a "risk taker" as I should start reading articles in real life (such as news), and try to include them instead of giving a vague example.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Formato de Paper 2

Linguagem
  • Informal
    • Gíria (slang)
    • Emoções
    • Saudações
    • Pronomes de tratamento
    • Tono vivo
    • Linguagem narrativo
Linguagem conativa ou linguagem apelativa.
Mantém canal aberto entre a pessoa que ta falando e ouvindo ou quem te escrevendo e lendo.

Mensagem
Relevante ao tópico, desenvolvimento coerente, entendimento claro.
  • Perguntas
  • Preocupações
  • Esperanças

Formato
  • Recuo de Parágrafo
  • Data
  • Sinatura
  • Dirigir a carta para alguém (Querida… Oi… etc.)
  • Tem recuo de parágrafo (tab)
  • Terminar a carta com fechamento (Beijos… Sinceramente… etc)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Michelle & Severino


A Michelle disse que o clima em São Paulo era mais frio do que na Nova Sorte (Bahia), e onde ela morava tinha um rio que nunca secava. Isso é diferente do Severino porque no Sertão o rios secam e a terra não dava nada. Mas para Michelle, ela podia plantar legumes no verão. As pessoas na Nova Sorte não tinham trabalhos como o Severino e eles passavam o dia sem fazer nada (principalmente quando chovia). Eles eram todas iguais e comformavam em ter duas mudas de roupas e um sapato. Essas pessoas são intransitividade de consiciência. Ao contrario dessas pessoas, a Michelle decidou de ter uma vida melhor. Por isso, ela tem uma transitividade de consciência. A Michelle tinha 15 anos quando ela emigrou para São Paulo e ela disse que a vida é melhor. Mas para o Severino, ele também tinha uma transitividade de consciência mas a vida dele não era melhor em Recife porque não tinha boms condições de vida e as pessoas continuavam morrendo. Mas ele ainda tinha esperança por causa do nascimento da criança. Concluindo, o Severino e Michelle mudaram de vida. As condições são dificeis (São Paulo e na Recife) mas os dois tem esperança de uma vida melhor.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Estereótipo

Antes de chegar ao Brasil, eu achava que era um país cercado de florestas, animais e frutas tropicais. Quando eu ouvi que nós iriamos para o Brasil eu tinha 10 anos. O primeiro pensamento que veio na minha cabeça foi as pessoas usando roupas de indio, e muitos animais andando nas ruas. Mas quando meu pai disse que nós iriamos morar num condomínio com muitos prédios altos, isso quebrou a minha imagem do Brasil porque eu não sabia que tinham prédios aqui. Eu também não tinha Internet para melhorar essa imagem do Brasil. Hoje, nos podemos usar Internet para aprender a realidade do país, ou estereótipos em geral. Por exemplo, antes de participar no Casa Maria Helena, eu achava que o lugar e as crianças sériam todos tristes. Mas, quando eu fui lá, percebi que o meu pensamento estava errado: as crianças estavam felizes e estavam brincando, e as paredes eram coloridas. Assim, eu não acho que os estereótipos são ruim porque ajudam a ter uma ideía ou imaginação de como o país, ou algo é. Apesar de ter um estereótipo, eu aprendi o que era falso e também o que era verdadeiro. Por isso, eu não acho que estereótipo é ruim necessariamente. Obviamente, se é um estereótipo que oprime um grupo de pessoas, isso não é certo (por exemplo: “todo os muslims são terroristas”)



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reflexão


       A estrutura do exame me surpreendeu um pouco porque outras pessoas disseram que Portuguese SL séria muito fácil mas depois que eu li as informações, percebi que é mais complexo e longo do que eu imaginava. Principalmente, a parte "Written Assignment" me assustou um pouco porque eu tenho dificuldade de escrever sem erros gramaticais. Por isso, eu gostaria de ter mais excercicios escritos, falar português fluentemente (falar português com structura corretas), e ter comprehensão de textos!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Somativa 9: A literatura e a percepção sobre o Brasil


Gosto muito de ler livros inglês mas este ano tive a oportunidade de ler contos e romances em português. Sempre achei que através da leitura podemos conhecer outras realidades, outros mundos que os autores nos-levam. Na primeira leitura “Brás, Bexigas e Barra Funda” eu pude entender melhor a vida dos imigrantes no Brasil. Foi interessante saber que o Brasil foi formado por muitos imigrantes, como os italianos em São Paulo que é uma cidade multicultural. Na segunda leitura “O Ateneu”, a minha percepção sobre o Brasil mudou porque nunca pensei que as escolas brasileiras tinham usado no seculo 19, instrumentos de castigo como a palmatória. Só pensava que isso era comum na cultura Asiática. Foi interessante também conhecer sobre a monarchia no Brasil e um pouco da hístoria do país. No terceiro livro, “Não Verás País Nenhum”, eu pude ver pela primeira vez um autor brasileiro escrevendo uma distopia. Foi uma surpresa porque eu sempre tinha uma ideia do Brasil como um paraíso trópical que nunca tinha guerras. Mas nesse romance, o autor mostrou um país totalmente diferente: era triste, escuro, e deprimente como o livro “1984” de George Orwell. Por coincidencia, eu li “1984” um pouco antes do livro de Loyola Brandão. Foi mais fácil perceber as metáforas em inglês que as metáforas em português. Mas acredito que com as próximas leituras, este problema vai melhorar por que quanto mais eu ler em literatura brasileira eu vou conhecer a cultura do Brasil e desenvolver a capacidade de entender a lingua mais profundamente.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Vases Set Analysis

In order to make the vase, we first needed to use the cylinder method once again just like the bowl project. Because we had practiced that a lot, I didn’t have much difficulty making a higher, and thinner cylinder. However, trying to make the shape that I wanted was quite challenging. I was going for those long thing vases, however, when I made them it turned out to be quite weird looking unlike the ones I saw in google. My very first vase turned out looking like a bottle. I was satisfied with my first set, however, something that distracted me was the thickness of it. Even though I had made the cylinder as thin as possible, when making it into a certain shape, it always got thicker. The reason may have been because I pushed the clay inwards to it longer from the wider cylinder. After that vase which looked like a bottle, I worked on making a long thin vase, which looked extremely weird in my opinion, so I just chopped off the upper part and made it into a short vase with a wide mouth. It came out better than I had expected it to be because I was thinking that it would be destroyed as I had to open the cylinder again and repeat the process. Thus, making the vase set was not as hard as I thought it would be since we had practiced the process several times. 20160530_112253.jpg
However, trimming the vase set was the hardest process I had gone through in this project. The reason is, because the tips of my vases were always thin and delicate, I didn’t want to put it upside down. Not only that, but because we didn’t have the right tool to trim it in, we had to use clay to secure which wasn’t the best option as it would come out. Therefore, I mostly tried to make the vase without excess on the bottom, so that I could avoid trimming it.
20160601_091420.jpg As for the decoration, what I had in mind were those fancy looking white ones. I was worried that there weren’t going to be any glaze that gave off a shiny, white, modern looking style. Hopefully, once it’s burned it turns out the way I want it to look! Not only that, but I decided to add a small design so that it wouldn’t be just white. I got inspiration from an image in google, and decided to draw on a dandelion with a glaze pencil for all the three vases. However, I left one (not part of the set) as just white.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bowl Process Analysis

The process of throwing a centered bowl is very similar to the process of throwing a centered pot:

  1. Gather all the materials that are needed to throw a successful centered pot such as the needle tool (to check the thickness), the wood piece (helps make the pot a cylinder shape), bowl of water, sponge, and kneaded clay.
    1. Make sure that the clay is well prepared without air pockets because it will damage the outcome. The amount depends on how big/small you want your cylinder pot to be.
  2. Put your prepared clay on the flat, wooden board preferably on the center. Make sure that your clay is on the board firmly, or else, when working with the wheel, the clay piece will fall out.
  3. Before turning the wheel on, check which direction you want the wheel to spin (clockwise vs. counterclockwise). It depends on every person, but right-handed people usually prefer to use counterclockwise while left-handed people use clockwise direction.
  4. Always make sure that your hands are wet when working with the clay (dip your hands into the bucket of water)
  5. Allow the clay to turn using the pedal and control the speed as you work with it
  6. Keep the clay tight in your hands
    1. While doing this, sit close to the wheel and and keep your elbows tightly against your body
  7. Keep the wheel turning fast, and slightly push the clay forward with this position until you feel that the clay seems to stay in place/shape
  8. Slow down the wheel, and place your thumb on to the middle of the clay and start pressing downwards. It is important to just work on creating the dent in the clay instead of bringing it sideways. To avoid making a place instead of a cylinder, make sure that your hand is secured on the outer edge. Don’t go too deep since you might create whole on the bottom. In order to check this, use the needle point until you reach the right thickness.
  9. Wet your hands and start pulling the clay outwards. Make sure to create the 90 degrees when doing so.
  10. Once you’ve reached this step, you are ready to bring your clay upwards. Press your your hands between the wall of the clay and start bringing it up slowly. Continue this step until you reach the desirable height and thickness. It is very easy to get the walls outwards, and so if this occurs, don’t panic and get the wood piece and place it right next to the clay standing 90 degrees and this step will allow your clay to get in the right position.
  11. Now push inside of the cylinder outwards while having your other hand on the outside for support
  12. Keep your hands and don’t let the fingertips touch the bowl as that will leave a mark
  13. Once you opened it enough and made it into a bowl shape, smoothen the rims
  14. When the pot looks good to your eyes, then you can clean the plate with the sponge and wire the pot so that when it dries, you can easier separate it from the plate you worked with.

There were several difficulties I encountered while working on the bowl project. Even though we worked with the wheel to make the cylinder before, there were similar mistakes made. For example, I would speed up the wheel too fast that it would destroy the project, or not make the base and the wall 90 degrees. This is what happened with most of my bowls, but once I noticed this after it was fired, I took care of this notice. Also, I realized once again with this process, that the speed of the wheel is extremely important. For me, I sometimes like to speed the process, or sometimes, I just can’t control my foot that the wheel goes too fast. When this happened, my bowl would turn into a flat plate, or like a pizza. Thus, having patience is the key to making a successful bowl. Not only that, but for one of the piece, the bowl turned out extremely weird most probably because of the fact that it wasn’t properly centered. All of a sudden, the plate started to whirl in a weird direction and create wrinkles all over the place. Without a doubt, I just removed this, and did the whole process again. These difficulties, which I would like to count them as mistakes, were easily fixed.
Moving on to the actual difficulties, trying to save a flattened piece was quite hard. As mentioned above, this occurred due to the speed of the wheel, but trying to fix it was even harder. There were similar instances where my bowl would get wider and get shaped into more like a plate. In order to fix this, I placed my hand on the walls of the bowl and tried to bring them inwards. There were 50/50 chances to saving it. Sometimes, it would work out, however, at other times, it would create an overlap between the walls where it could no longer be fixable. There would be a possibility to fix it, which is to spin the wheel slowly, and place your hands on the walls so that it would smoothen. Yet, it’s much faster to give up, and start a new one.
Secondly, the uneven sides were extremely disturbing and annoyed me. I definitely knew that it was my mistake from creating this unevenness, but the thing that was irritating was the fact that I didn’t really want to keep it, but at the same time, I didn’t want to throw it and start a new one. The main reason it, it usually looks quite nice, but when you slow the wheel down and feel the unevenness of the wall, it’s sad. In order to solve this problem, you need to place both your hands on the wall without much strength, and let the wheel spin. This way, because of how your hands are placed are a source of protection, the part where it has most clay will smoothen out with the part where the walls are thin (thus, creating a an even wall).
Another difficulty I encountered was the thickness on the bottom as well as the 90 degrees. Sometimes, I would make bottom too thin that I was pretty sure it was going to get removed once wiring it. In order to solve this problem, instead of starting everything again, I placed a small bit of wet clay inside and added it. I tried to be careful not to create any air bubbles. Thankfully, this worked out because none of them exploded or got cracked in the firing process! The reason this happened so frequently was probably because I sped up the process to fast that my hands were going down too deeply quickly. To make this better, I slowed this process, and used a needle point tool to make sure that the thickness was to my desire. Also, I didn’t notice that my bowl pieces didn’t have an angle between the bottom and the wall. I only realized once everything was fired as mentioned before. To fix to problem, when making the cylinder before opening the sides, I made sure that there was a 90˚ angle from the base to the side. After this, I opened the walls making it into a bowl. Also, what I noticed in my bowls were that some of them turned out looking something between a plate and a bowl because of the walls on the side. In my eyes, plates should have a small wall around while a bowl should have a longer wall rounded. Yet, some of my was in between that which I didn’t really like.
Moving on, there were some differences between the bowl and the cylinder project. For the wheel project, you stop once it is 90 degrees, while for the bowl you need to reach that 90 degrees and then open the sides to that it is rounder and open. In order to have a successfully bowl, you must be able to do the cylinder project first as that is the basics. Working on the cylinder first was very nice and helpful as it was essential information for the bowls.

Difficulties encountered: (From the easiest to hardest)
Problems:
Solutions:
Bottom of the bowl is not centered
It would be quite difficult to fix this problem, because the mistake has been made when centering. Thus, Ms.Ariani tried to help mine, but it didn’t really work out too well. For me, what I would do it instead of trying to fix it, it would be better to just scrape the clay out and start new again.
The thickness on the bottom of the bowl20160429_115408.jpg
As mentioned before, I had difficulty of matching the right thickness because I worked too fast. Sometimes, when I went too deep, I inserted really mushy clay on the bottom, so that it wouldn’t create air bubbles. Later on, I took more time to make the whole and used the needle tool to check the thickness to avoid the same mistake.





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There were two to three occasions where this happened. In one of those times, the piece became so flat that it got stuck to the wood. Also, sometimes the sides were stretched out because of the fast speed that it was extremely wobbly and couldn’t get fixed. Usually, when this happens, I try to bring it back up into a cylinder and start again. Yet, when it’s severe like these, then there’s nothing that can be done. This problem could be avoided by controlling the speed of the wheel, as well as having your hands always as protection.
It looks something between a plate and a bowl because of the walls
The reason some of my pieces looked somewhere in between a plate and a bowl was because the height of the wall was not low but not tall at the same time. When working with it, I never notice it. However, when I see it from far away, it doesn’t really look like a bowl nor a plate. I believe that this is a matter of how much clay you use and the size because if the base it large, and there aren’t enough clay to bring up, then it’s what happens.
Uneven sides
This was a problem I had since I worked with cylinder. It is tht there is an uneven side throughout the whole piece. It is extremely sad when you think your piece looks great, but then you notice that it’s all uneven when you slow down the wheel. What you need to do, is place both your hands on the wall and let it spin so that the clay can even out. Yet, for me, in most of the cases, this doesn’t work too well, so I just tend to leave it that way instead of messing it more. To avoid this problem, just taking more time when bring the sides up is essential.

Similarities vs. Differences

Bowl Set
Cylinder Set
Speeding
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Speeding is extremely important in this process because when you try to open your “cylinder”, it will become a pizza if the speeding is too fast and you work too fast. The reason is the walls are already thin and so if you work fast it will just flop. This happened to me once and it became a pizza shape, which I had to start everything again. Basically, for the bowl set, it requires slower spinning speed.
Speeding is also important for this project, but because you don’t have to open the walls you can work with different speeds, most preferably medium speed.
Opening
For the bowl set, you need to open the piece so that it is rounder, and looks more like a bowl than a cylinder.
For cylinder set, there shouldn’t be any sort of opening as it needs to stay in a right angle.
Position of hands supporting
The position of the hands supporting for the bowl has to be shaping outwards because it is round. If there is no hands supporting, there’s likely a chance that it will probably flop either because it’s too thin, or too thick that it’s too heavy. That’s why the thickness also has to be right.
For the cylinder, your hands need to be straight, and right angled from the wood. This way, the piece won’t open by itself or create a new shape in its own.

Ideas for decoration:

For now, I have no idea how I would like to decorate this piece. It’s either going to be a type of pattern, or I was thinking of ombre as I really liked how it looked like on my other cylinder sets.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Extruder Project Analysis

In order to use the extruder for creating a successful project, you need to work with smooth clay that has been wedged well. If it has been around awhile and seems a little bit stiff, then it may be harder to use it in the extruder. On the other hand, if it’s a new, fresh clay, then you could extrude it out, but it would be better to let that piece dry for 1 class and use it for next class. First, you have the choose the shape you want to extrude, and then insert that on the bottom of the extruder. Once that’s all set, all you need to do is put your kneaded clay inside, and push the handle standing directly in front with the center of your chest. Something that may be challenging is that the extrusion never comes out straight. Thus, your “partner” or person that’s beside you may need to make sure that the extrusion is straight using his/her hands. Then, all you have to do is wire the amount you want and work with it!
Moving on, for the extruder project, Luana and I decided to work together on a project. Our ideas were very different, but we somehow managed to include all the ideas we wanted to. For example, Luana’s idea was to make a caterpillar using the extruder, while I wanted to make a teapot. Then, to join those two ideas, we decided to go for an Alice and Wonderland theme as there’s a caterpillar there, and the teapot that Madhatter uses. Not only that, but we wanted it to be funky, and very random-like, without a certain kind of theme. However, since making just a teapot wouldn’t be challenging and quite easy to do, we decided to include different shapes for the layers. 
Different shapes we incorporated.
After this, we filled in the holes
and it looked much better. 
This would enable us to use the extruder more since we need variety of shapes. Furthermore, the pattern/theme we wanted to have was forest like where there were vines, leaves, flowers, and insects involved to this piece. In order to do this, our original idea was to just have the caterpillar around the teapot, but then, we decided to use the caterpillar as the “mouth” of the teacup. So, it would be like the tea/water coming out of the caterpillar’s mouth. Interesting, right? Not only that, but we also decided to make a cup with the same theme so that it could be like a little set.
Small cup we made to make a set of the
Alice and Wonderland Theme. 
In the beginning, we started out with the base of the teapot. Our first shape was a big square so that it would be sturdy, and strong. Then, we continued on with a star shape. Since there were no extruder that had the shapes we wanted to (it was too small), we extruded square pieces and cut the sides so that we could design what we wanted to make. Then, with the cut clay, we could blend and put the pieces together to make it into a certain shape. In this case, it would be the star. The thing about this was, because the shape wasn’t made by the extruder but with us cutting and “sculpting” it, the shape didn’t come out too perfect. However, we decided to keep it like that since it was more unique and added onto our funky idea. After that, we made a flower shape by extruding circular shapes and cutting the shape in half. Just like the star, we assembled them how we wanted to. The same went for the last layer which was a clover shape. Our project took a longer time than we expected, because these shapes took a very long time to blend, and cutting them was not an easy work. Not only that, but because these pieces were all different, when we put them together to make a teapot, there were many holes. An idea Ms.Ariani suggested was to make it into a candle holder as the light from the fire would brighten up in the inside and go through the holes. We liked that idea, but just decided to stick with what we had in mind. In order to fix this problem, we just decided to close all the holes using clay, and we were extremely happy with the result because it looked much better afterwards. As for the caterpillar, we extruded a circular piece, and Luana made the hair by make small coils and cutting them.
Hair of the caterpillar
She would cut the small coil into several pieces and stick them onto the caterpillar. Then, with that thick coil, she divided it into four pieces and separated them so that it looked more “furry.” The cup didn’t take too long as we only had to extrude one thick piece and add a base as well as the handle. We got the leftover extruded piece from Silvia and just cut it into a cup shape. Then, we added the base using the slab roller, and added the handles. However, the decoration was the most tedious part as there were many small details. Yet, we still managed to finish them and made them look the way we wanted to.
As a result, we really liked how our teapot came out and still had to stay after school, and during flex in order to finish our decorations. Another part that is worrying me about this project is how we have to paint this piece, and how long that will take as there are numerous tiny “ornaments.”
What we planned to represent with our project was the randomness of it. We really wanted to make it feel like a fantasy sculpture as many of the others we saw were “formal” like. Thus, that’s why we liked the idea of Alice and Wonderland theme because there are many weird creatures and objects shown. My partner and I haven’t really thought of the title of the project, however, I would name it “Would You like Some Drink?” said with a British accent. The caterpillar in the teapot would be the one saying it! We were able to develop the design as planned, although the caterpillar didn’t really look like a caterpillar. If I put it that way, the teapot didn’t really look like a teapot either! However, in order to change the looks a little bit,
Making the body of the caterpillar thinner and blending it.
I would have made the caterpillar even thinner, and the hair strands way thinner. Yet, even though the hair strands were quite thick, it was extremely hard to work with it, so I can’t imagine making even thinner hair strands and blending them! What we changed in the middle of the process was making a cup since it wasn’t really what we were planning to do. Not only that, but we changed the position of the caterpillar several times so that it would fit and look nice as a whole. Finding the position was tedious as we had made them separately.
During the process of making, we found several challenges, and resolutions to solve this problem. First, was making the shapes for the teapot as we didn’t use any of the actual shape of the extruder. What we always did was somehow think of an idea of a shape and try to make it that way by cutting the other shapes. Thus, coming up with new ideas were hard. What we did in order to solve this problem was, to be honest just playing with it. We just cut the shapes we wanted and joined them however we wanted to them to look. Secondly, another problem we faced was when we had to blend all the decorations. Because we were late and behind, we simply did not have time to blend all those small details. Thus, what we did was press it hard and use the tool to really stick them with each other. Hopefully, nothing falls during the process of drying and firing, but Ms.Ariani said that they might. This was a problem that we could’ve controlled, but due to time constraints, we couldn’t really do anything. Thirdly, another challenge we had faced as wrapping up our sculptures. What was really hard was that there were hair for the caterpillar, so when we tried to cover it with  plastic to avoid it from drying fast. However, the hair from the caterpillar kept falling out. I really didn’t want to involve because I knew how long i t took to make this, so I didn’t want to ruin his feelings. Also, for the caterpillar, when we extruded a round piece for the body, it was too thick that it didn’t really seem like a caterpillar’s body. Thus, we didn’t realy know what to do, and thought of an idea of just making a coil for the caterpillar. However, Ms.Ariani showed us a great “trick” of how we could make it smaller and thinner. We were able to make it a lot much thinner, but I still kind of want to make a
As for now, I can’t really think of any difficulties. I feel like we had less since we were working in a partner and could fix it up easily by helping each other. We both worked on what we were best at, and so there weren’t many obstacles we encountered exact for the usage of time.



Problems:
Resolution:
Ideas for shapes for the teapot

We just played around with the extruded clay until we got the shape we were pleased with.
Blending

Blending the tiny coils for the strips of vines were so hard that it was nearly impossible. Not only that, but there were numerous of them for the decorations, and so if we were to blend them, it would be days. Therefore, we couldn’t really blend them, but in order to avoid breaking, we just made sure that it was stuck to the clay.
Caterpillar


As mentioned before, working with the caterpillar was quite hard because it had so much hair to work with. My friend, Luana was working mostly on the caterpillar, and by what I could see, there were a lot to do. Not only that, but a mistake we made was making it separately, so once both were done, we had to find a position that suited the teapot well. Our original plan was to leave it curling up on the teapot, and then just standing, and later on, we just decided to let it as the “mouth” of the teapot. Not only that, but because the hair of the caterpillar was super fragile it was extremely hard to seal it with the plastic bag as it could easily break.

Overall, I am satisfied with the result and I really like the decorations and the hard effort we put into this piece (even though it may not look like that). I believe that we really stepped out of the box and instead of making traditional projects, we made a very different looking one with creatures involved.



Back view of our project.
The caterpillar looks like a hedgehog here. 
Front view of our project!