Art 315: Ceramics II
Assignment: Create an Original Fiction
You are all familiar with the idea of ‘fiction’ in literature. You can also create ‘fictional’ visual art.
Fictional writing may be very imaginative and creative (for example J.R. Tolkien created a whole new world called Middle Earth), or it can depict an illusion that mimics reality, possibly resembling factual events or real people (for example, John Grisham’s lawyer novels).
There are many genres of fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime, horror, suspense, historical, romance, etc. I would encourage you to think about a specific genre when you are developing your ideas.
You do not have to completely educate your audience with every aspect of your fiction. For example, your work may only provide a clue, or several clues, to the entire ‘story.’ For example, you might create a utilitarian serving set that was once used by a lost civilization. You might re-create items that were stolen from the victims of a Victorian era vampire. You choose your own fiction, but it must be original, not just an illustration of another fiction author’s or artist’s work.
You may utilize other materials for this project, but your finished piece should have at least 50% clay or fired ceramic.
With each finished piece, I require between a paragraph and 300 pages (also accept poetry) to accompany the finished 3D work. You will not be graded on the spelling, sentence structure, or technical quality of your writing; however, writing that displays inordinate amounts of laziness or apathy will be read out loud in class during critique.
This was DeRosia’s response to the assignment – her story was science fiction, about an organism discovered from a meteor. The piece was approx. 14” at the longest, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, with paint and mixed-media.