In Ceramics II, we will be either using the extruder or the wheels for our projects. In my case, I will start the project by using the wheels to make plates. For some historical background, ceramics were used for various sources: decoration, hold/store food, other utilities. Before, these ceramics were made out of animal fat and bone mixed with bone ash and fine clay like material. Then, they would be fired at temperatures between 500˚C - 800˚C
From watching Ms.Ariani’s demonstration of using the wheels, the hardest part of the project would be centering since it involves the different speeds, and you also have to be very gentle with the clay. Not only that, but centering is also the most important because if the plate/pot is not based correctly, it won’t have a good product and will mess the whole project. It is vital to always wet your hands when working with these wheels since it will spin smoothly creating a rounder texture.
Moving on, the second project is to work with the extruder. An extruder is a machine that extrudes the clay. What’s very interesting about this is that you could use different “molds” to choose the shape you want your coil to come out (ex. round, square, polygon with a hollow). There will be more information on this later once I start working with the extruder.