The shape I’m in – Grade 8 Ceramics Reflection

In art class we made cups from clay. We used many different techniques for our cups. We first looked into the history of Japanese ceramic and made posters. When we started on our individual cups we made 2 designs, then we made the actual cups.

I didn’t really have much of an influence, I did like the idea of an asymmetrical cup and I also did what I see in many cups where the inside and outside are different colors.

My cup turned out a bit small but I still like how it looks. I decided not to include a handle so I didn’t need to use slip and I made the cup sort of ergonomically designed to fit my hand. I tried making the foot farther inwards on the cup but thought it would be best to leave it where it was so I dont mess it up. The lip is similar to a pitcher, this was not initially intended but I think it adds a nice look and it is an interesting functional addition. I cut out the letter T on the outside of the cup because my friend made a nickname for me that starts with the letter T. I used a rib on the foot and on the indide of the cup to make it smoother. The shape of the cup was looking more like what I had planned it to look like.

After the bisque firing I put underglaze on the cup. The underglaze colors I used were jet black and chartreuse. I made the whole inside chartreuse and the whole outside jet black except for the T. I wanted these to be the only colors so I used the transparent glaze instead of colored or semi transparent.

The only difficulties I had were when applying the underglaze I couldn’t get the color in the T right and after dipping the cup in glaze getting the whole cup covered. I think that in the end the colors were successful because they look very nice and they match my design. The shape of the cup turned out nice as well, it is a bit small for me but I think it still looks and feels nice as a cup.

I think that one thing I could have done to improve is to make the cup slightly bigger than what I want the final one to be becasuse the cup does shrink. Another thing I could do is to be more patient with the underglaze for the smaller details because when I was coloring the T I found it hard to the the glaze to cover the whole letter properly, I could put a rough layer on then let that dry and put a second layer to patch up the spots I miss. when putting the transparent glase on the majority of it ended up on the lip and in the bottom of the interior, a way to fix this if to slowly dip the cup to let the glaze cover the whole thing equally.

In the end I am happy with my cup the way it turned out, the colors match what I was going for and the shape as well. I think that if I were to try to re make the cup it would be even better because I know what went wrong with this cup.IMG_8669

Furniture Design: Grade 8 Design Technology Reflection

In technology class we made chairs out of card board. We made 2 plan drawings and a protoype which was 4 times smaller than the final chair would be.


When making the final chair we ran into some trouble with the size of the chair and the shape. We did get large enough cardboard but the chair broke when someone tried sitting on it.

After finishing the final chair we needed to make a product test to see what our target market thought of it. For the product test we asked 5 students, Carlos, Spencer, Peter, Connor and Alex Jones. From the results we got back the test went well, all the students replied yes to our questions. I agree with their answers because after I sat on it it was both comfortable and seemed good for gaming.

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When making the chair we thought it must have a stand for support, which in the end it did. We didn’t have any trouble with adding the stand because it is a very basic part of our design (even though me had to flip the chair around). We wanted our chair to stay upright so the person sitting would not fall over. It did fall over but we just flipped the chair around so that the back rest is now the seat and the seat is now the back rest. Like any chair, we wanted it  to be comfortable, according to the answers it was. We thought that making it comfortable would be very difficult, but in the end we got it to be comfortable without even trying. We wanted our chair to be round. At the beginning of the create process it wasn’t round at all, but then I got some huge pieces of cardbored and we attached one to the back and cut it so it looked round. Our target market was conlose gamers in 8th grade, so we would need it to hold their weight. It did hold their weight (the second version of the chair) and they all  enjoyed the design of the chair. We didn’t want anyone to be afraid of falling off because the chair feels unstable so what we did was make the seat go directly on the ground.  Of course we wanted it not to collapse, which it did not (because it’s on the ground). We definately didn’t want the chair to fall over, this relates to it being the chair unstable, we fixed both those problems by doing the one thing (having it go directly on the ground). We didn’t want the chair to look sloppy but it was broken when someone sat on it before we finished, so in the end it looks like pretty sloppy. And lastly we didn’t want it to be weak. We tried putting an interlocking cardbord grid in the base but that didn’t work, so like I said before we just put it on the ground. The stand is the old base but it works better because less weight is being applied to it than if it were the base.

I think for investigate I didn’t do all that I needed to, I ended up making the design brief and specifications at the last minute and I hadn’t made the product test questions until the chair was done! When designing I think I did well, I made the planometric drawings for the design and Jack made the assembly drawings. The two other designs were just improvised chairs, but the pros and cons for all three, I think, were good. The prototype turned out just the way we wanted the final chair to look like, even though in the end they look nothing alike. When Jack and I started the plan it looked like lots of things were missing, but we made a new version on the computer and it looks much better than before. When making the chair we tried to stick to the plan as much as we could. Some steps ended up taking longer/shorter amounts of time than we had planned but the chair turned out somewhat like our design, until it was broken. We didn’t write down any modifications in the plan because the only one was flipping it. Overall I think I did miss some parts of the process but mostly I did pretty good.

Innovation can help reduce waste, in our case cardbord, this can help with litter and harming animals in the wild. I think that if more people innovate it will show people that things that they call garbage can be useful and it might influence them to try innovating as well.

What is a historian?

A historian is someone who researches parts of history. Some historians specialize in certain parts of history and certain parts of the world. Historians often use the small facts and the artifacts found to interpret more about a person or civilization.

For my generations project I had to get information about the life of my mother and grandfather when they were my age. Some of my questions that I made were “Googleable” meaning you can look up the answer, for example on Google. Other questions were personal, to answer these I got primary sources, my actual mother and gradfather.

This is an example of how a historian works, using primary and secondary sources. A primary source is when someone experienced the event first hand, a secondary source is documented information taken from someone/somewhere else.

One of the challenges I faced was finding time to call my grandfather to ask him the questions, in the end I got it done quite quickly but it was hard finding a good time to call.

Technology now is becoming more common, this means that people can document and share information with others more. This can change how history is remembered because instead of looking through books and old reseach journals they can just look it up online. All it takes to record history using technology is typing up the findings.

This video below is my Generations Project (it has no sound)