Emily MacPherson is one of our star Year 9 Ceramics students, who has continued her impressive artistic form from her Year 8 Painting and Drawing course. Emily has continued to impress with her stunning and unique ceramic work, as well as her stunning lino prints from her Year 8 course.
Emily’s most recent work has seen her model and decorate a clay box using a range of specialised hand tools. Taking design inspiration from the works of popular American potter, social activist and educator, Roberto Lugo, Emily is planning to use bright and intricate floral patterns over her box, using a restricted colour palette of pink, green, blue and orange. The box will then be heated, using a kiln and glazes will be applied that can apply a gloss finish or leave the surface matte.
Prior to her work on her current clay box project, she has also worked with pinch pots and textured tiles. Emily also draws creative direction and new ideas from her love of swimming, diving and the ocean in general, which has manifested itself in her Year 8, octopus lino print. The process began by first sketching the design onto paper, which was then outlined and converted onto specialised transfer paper which is placed onto the lino cut out. Finally, the excess pieces of lino would be cut out and the surface covered with ink, ready to press, leaving the coloured imprint of the octopus on the surface.
Emily has also excelled when working with clay tiles as part of her course curriculum, as well as in extra-curricular activities. Emily produced a spectacular floral ceramic tile in her Year 9 Ceramics course, which features vibrant colours, as well as the implication of different tools to created multiple textured surfaces. The colours used in conjunction with the unique surfaces create a very impressive spectacle, and really makes the floral subject stand out. For those keen newsletter readers, you may also remember Emily’s tile that she created in partnership with another student for international year of the periodic table. If you have not seen this yet, you can find past newsletters by clicking here.
It's amazing what Emily has been able to produce with her ceramic work, and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of her current clay box project. We would like to congratulate her on her work and recognise the tremendous effort she has put in; well done Emily!
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