Book Art – Final Reflection

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The Colosseum, located in Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma, Italy is one of the famous architecture buildings that lots of people go to every day. Using concrete and sand VespasianTitus, started building the Colosseum in 70 Ad and it was opened in 80 AD. A long time ago, the Colosseum was known for the 100 days game where it included wild human and animal fights. Though this stopped in the 18th Century, The Colosseum still remain as popular tourist destination and a symbol of Rome’s stormy history. I have never been to the Colosseum, however I have heard stories from my friends who have been there and the history of the Colosseum. Also, I thought the shape of the Colosseum, caught my attention since it’s really unique compared to other architecture buildings and I want to challenge myself, therefore, I have decided to create the colosseum using toothpick.

Book art

Design #1


I think this book art is extremely unique because there are pop up words created by the pages on a book and this is a new type of arts & crafts using daily materials. The basic step to make a book art is knowing the size of your letter well and how big you want it because you will fold the pages of the book and even cut it.

Design 2


This book cover was designed by Eric Alstrom. He is a Michigan book artist and is a conservator of Michigan State University. I think that this is an interesting book cover because of the message behind it and the design. The two holes reveals the title and the eye is staring into the infinite.

Home Dreams Large

This pop-up  book design was made by Ms. Barton. She runs a popular Kinetic press and creates different book designs. I think this is a unique book design because once you open the book, a design is in there and when you close to the book, you won’t notice.




My Coil clay pot

                                                       Coil clay reflection 

Photo ( fire and glazed)

The photo below is just to understand what I’m talking about, the photo will change soon. 


2.How have you chosen to represent the theme “The Sands of Time” in your coil pot? Explain with examples.

         My coil pot is designed to represent the theme “The Sands of Time” I created the pot so that every texture and detailed element represents something about time. Let’s start from the very bottom,  the first lines shows my beginning childhood. As you can see my lines aren’t as squeakily as the top.This is  because I started off soft and gentle with lots of protections and care for my family. Then on the second line you can see a small pearl, that pearl shows that I have learnt to talk and walk. Other memories like meeting new friends or going on field trips are also along the lines. Moving on to the third and fourth line, frequently wavy lines do pop out a few times to show that something unique has happened in that time period. Some of these events could be moving houses, falling off a bicycle, or maybe even getting a new puppy. Then on line 5, to the left side, you can see one big pearl and two mini pearls on the left and right side. This shows that a new family member has came into my life, which is my sister. Then more lines pass by and on the 6th line, there is a long wavy line, which takes up at least two to three lines. That long wavy line shows that I have changed schools and now I have to adapt to the new environment, the new learning strategy and people in the school. I exaggerated these lines because I started off with a rough start. However, looking at the lines above, I get used to my surroundings and start to adapt to the environment. As you keep following the lines you end up with lots of lines bundled up together showing a large spiral.This represents that I still have a long path ahead of me and the lines would form it’s own path. This is how I represented “Sands of time” in my coil pot. 

3.How is your coil pot different from your lantern? Give 3 explanations.

         My coil pot is totally different from my lantern because first of the theme the two sculptures are showing different. My lantern is just a lantern and I can put a candle inside and my pot shows “sands of time”. Another different thing about my pot and lantern is that I used different methods to create my pot from the lantern. Creating my lantern, I had to pinch in the middle of the circular clay then I can create my lantern. However, in my pot, I created a firm base and kept added different lines around the circle and pearls to create my pot. Lastly, the textures of my lantern and my pot are different. I had triangles in my lanterns, and a bucket holder, but I had pearls, squeakily lines and spirals for my pot. 

What improvements could you make to your work?

           If I could re do my pot, I would definitely add a few more textures. e.g. pearls, small spirals etc. Also, I would try to fix up the middle curved up squeakily line and make it a bit more consistent. This is because I struggled a bit trying to let the line stand and have the right balance while I had to also consider the scratching and putting slip on it. But since, I have tried once, I know a better and more efficient method for next time. Over all, I am extremely satisfied with my end product because it came out the way I had planned and it’s nice and stable.

Sketch Book

This is my sketchbook for my sculpture class. On the front cover, I  wrote my name, “sketchbook” and “2016”.  The purpose of this  sketchbook is to draw sketches, rough plans and write or draw drafts for our sculpture. I think creating our own sketchbook is way better than buying a sketchbook ; this is  because we get an opportunity to create our own cover, make our own sketchbook from scratch, learn how to make a sketchbook and this is more eco-friendly. If I had another chance to create my front cover, I might add more colours to the background and maybe even add a small drawing to express myself. sketchbook


2 most interesting sculptures

1.Giant horse head sculpture – The Kelpies


This Kelpies  sculpture was created by Andy Scott and is located in Scotland. This sculpture is 100 feet tall and weighs 300 tons. The Kelpies stands near river Carron in the Helix.  This sculpture was built to connect 16 communities in Scotland and to show the power heritage of the horses. Lots


The statue of Liberty 


The statue of liberty was created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi on October 28, 1886. This statue has been a extremely popular symbol to show the freedom of US. A Roman Goddess is holding a torch and a broken chain lies on her feet. Lots and lots of visitors visit the statue of liberty when they arrive New York.