This post is about my third summative project in 3D Art. Our assignment was to choose any medium (out of the ones we have done, e.g. ceramics/cardboard) to make a fridge magnet. This magnet should also be relevant to us; it should be a shape or thing that we can relate to. At first I thought of making a mask-shaped magnet because I just came back from a trip to Italy and I loved the Venetian masks. However, after a few failed attempts, I decided to switch gears and make something else.. a dolphin-shaped magnet.
Check it out!! =)
Mask-Shaped Magnet.. (Failure)
– My first magnet design. I was trying to make a mask.. but that didn’t turn out so well.
Dolphin-Shaped Magnet.. (Success)
– I decided to make a dolphin-shaped magnet because dolphins are my favorite marine animals. I feel like magnets are usually made out of clay, so I felt it was only right to continue this tradition by doing the same. I carved a dolphin-shape out of some clay I rolled out, then I took Mr Stavinoha’s advice and added some clay to its body to make it look more realistic (more 3D). I then smoothed it out and cleaned up its edges.
– I decided to use a blue glaze (not too dark, not too light) that fitted a dolphin’s color. I applied it 3 times.
– This is once it came out of the kiln, glazed. I used super glue to firmly attach the magnet to the dolphin-shape.
On my fridge!! =)
– IT WORKS! It also fits in perfectly with the other magnets =D
For this project, my goal was to make a magnet that related to me in some way. I also chose to use clay as my medium because I feel like fridge magnets are usually made of clay, so I wanted to stay true to this tradition. My first magnet idea was to make a mask shape because traveling to Venice during INSPIRE made me realize how cool masks are. I attempted to make this magnet twice but failed both times. They didn’t look quite like I wanted them to, and masks are supposed to be hollow.. so I wouldn’t really be able to stick my magnet on its base (something I realized after I made them). I decided to stop wasting my time and started making a different shape for my magnet, a dolphin. I love dolphins (they’re my favorite marine animals) and I don’t have a dolphin-shaped magnet at home, so it would be a great addition to my family’s collection.
I think I successfully completed my dolphin-shaped magnet. Its edges are smooth, its shape represents a dolphin very well, and when it came out of the kiln after I glazed it, it had the perfect hue of blue. Although this was a fairly small project, both in size and time commitment, I feel like I did my best and tried to make a cool and unique magnet.
This project taught me to be patient. I quickly became frustrated when my mask-shaped magnet wouldn’t work out. I guess I just hated the fact that I spent so much time trying to make it work, then ending up not working at all. Moving on to make the dolphin-shaped magnet, I starting rushing it a bit because I just wanted to get it over with and move on to our next summative project. At first, I didn’t want to add more clay to my dolphin’s surface when Mr Stavinoha suggested I should because I just wanted to get it done. Once I calmed myself down and took my teacher’s advice, I realized that it looks so much better. I would have regretted not fixing it. So thank you so much Mr Stavinoha, for showing me that hard work and patience really does pay off! =)