Unique Book Art

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This book has been cut into with two, small squares that have a seas-side background and small books in them. I really like this sculpture as it has a minimalistic design: the squares do not take up too much space of the book and you can still see the book’s words, but the art into it is very detailed. The small books within the big book is somewhat ironic, which is funny to realise, but still cute.


This book has a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes sticking out of the open book’s pages, and the lighting on it displays a shadow of the figure on the book’s back pages. This design is simple as it has no color, but the clever lighting on it that creates the shadow adds another effect to the sculpture, making it almost mysterious (which is very appropriate, as it is very obviously a Sherlock Holmes book.)


This sculpture shows a small girl (I assume is Goldilocks? Or maybe Alice?) looking up at a table topped with teacups and a teapot. I really like how the artist created 3D sculptures from the book pages and used the book as a platform, and how detailed and small the whole thing is. It gives a very clear look into the book topic and is very cute and delicate.



Coil Pot Reflection

  1. Do not take a photo of your work until it has been glazed and fired.


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

My pot was sculptured to represent the shape and look of a human skull (though it is simplified.) I chose to make a skull-like pot because it shows how, despite where we are or who we are, that we cannot outrun the creator, time, and we will all be the same in the end: skulls. Time will consume us all. The swirls and bumps within the coil pot show the ‘bumps in time’ like deaths or births or big events in the lifetime of human existence. Essentially, my pot shows the whole timeline of life, and though usually time is normal and nothing bad happens, things like the birth of humans, discovery of new lands, wars, release of captain america movies, etc will cause huge ridges in the timeline that will effect the other coils to symbolise how it changes the lives of other generations.

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

I think my coil pot is different from my lantern because 1.) the basic structure of my coil pot is different compared to my lantern, with a somewhat rounded pot with bumpy edges because of the coils, compared to the lantern’s straight edges that are straight upwards, creating a cylinder. 2.) My coil pot is different as it was created in a different manner: it had  a circlular base (like the lantern) but long strings of clay were attached from the bottom and slowly stacked upwards to create the pot. The lantern pot had the base, but then a large thin rectangle clay piece circled on top of the base to create a large cylinder without a top. And, most obviously, 3.) both pots have a different design. My design of the lantern, the moon and stars cut out from the clay, was there as they would light up with the candle’s light when it was placed inside the lantern. I made the lantern to resemble the night sky. The coil pot, however, was supposed to be inspired by the ‘sands of time,’ therefore resulting in me making a skull (to follow the theme, as explained above.) It’s supposed to have a much more different effect: more thought-provocative and mysterious then the calming effect of the lantern.

What improvements could you make to your work?

I would definitely spend more time on designing it to make it more skull-like, and I would also lessen the amount of deep scratches I put on my coils, because some of them were so big that you could see it from the outside (making the pot look less smooth.) I would definitely spend more time soothing out the edges/wrinkles/cracks and add more balls and/or swirls to the pot so it could look a bit more interesting. Also, I’d make more layers of coils to make the vase bigger and to make it circle back up near the top. But other than that, I think I’m pretty set.

Sculpture Sketchbook Reflection Post

Upload a photo of your sketchbook (you do not need to finish the cover!)

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Describe what you made

I have made a sketchbook with card cover, with around 10 pages, a taped spine and threaded together with string.

I made this by first, taking 6 pieces of paper and folding them in half. Then, I took the card pieces and put them on the outsides of one of the pieces of folded paper. Then, I glued them on. Afterwards, taped the spine (or the space between the two pieces of card) as an outer form for the book. And then placed the rest of the folded papers on top of the outer cover, took a hammer and a nail, and hammered 6 holes into the taped spine. With the 6 holes, I threaded the string through the holes (2 forward and 1 back) to tie all the pages to the cover. I haven’t drawn on the cover yet, so.

What is the purpose of your sketchbook in sculpture class?

It’s there to have a place to sketch out any designs for sculpture pieces I plan to make. It’s also a good place to scribble down ideas for any future projects, or of anything that inspires me. It’ll help me get my artistic side down on paper so I can later review or expand on it, or share it to others to show my thinking process.

What are the benefits of making your own sketchbook vs purchasing a mass produced sketchbook?

It makes you feel more personally attached to the book, so you have a connection to it. Like a friend, almost, but inanimate. You’re more aware of how it works, as you literally know every in and outs of it. If something breaks, you’ll know how to deal with it (or at least, better than you’d know with a purchased book.) And I think, later, as you fill up the pages with drawings/sketches, you’ll get ti know it more and feel more connected to it.

What would you do differently to make the sketchbook?

I accidentally had my back card cover flipped backwards so the smooth part of it is facing out, not the rough part to draw on facing out. I also think I messed up with the threading of the spine, so I think I’d fix that. Otherwise, though, I think it’s fine. A simple notebook is very efficient, as you feel less bad if you mess it up.

Book Report #13

Book Equivalent # 13

Words: around 71,502.

Date: Dec. 24, 2015

Title:  A Rose for the Anzac Boys

Author: Jackie French

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Historical Fiction

Opening Sentence: At 10 am, the street was empty.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“If they’d let women be generals we’d have sorted out the war in the first sixth months or, better still, not had it at all.”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

hollandaise (noun) – Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk and liquid butter, usually seasoned with lemon juice, salt, and a little white pepper or cayenne pepper. In appearance, it is light yellow and opaque, smooth and creamy.

civvie (noun) – Military term referring to civilian clothing, or someone who is not in the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, RAF)

tobogganing (noun) – A toboggan is a simple sled which is a traditional form of transport used by the Innu and Cree of northern Canada.

convalesced (verb) – recover one’s health and strength over a period of time after an illness or medical treatment.

convalescent (adj) – (of a person) recovering from an illness or medical treatment. (noun) – a person who is recovering after an illness or medical treatment.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

This story was a really strong one, told from the perspective of a young girl trying to do her part. It really focuses on how there are always others working for the war behind the field, like nurses who bring soldiers back to life or volunteers who spend their hours to make food for them. She switches her jobs, from a canteen volunteer to help give food to soldiers, to a driver for the army, to a nurse, and such. She also suffers loss of people she meets. Also, this is the legit first book that I’ve read that talks about World War One? I knew nothing about WW1, but I know nearly EVERYTHING about WW2. 

Book Report #12

Book Equivalent # 12

Words: around 44,800

Date: Dec. 29, 2015

Title:  The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Historical Fiction

Opening Sentence: One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family’s maid – who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet – standing in his bedroom, pulling all his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even the things he’d hidden at the back that belonged to him and where nobody else’s business.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“Who’s the Fury?” asked Bruno.

“You’re pronouncing it wrong,” said Father, pronouncing it correctly for him.

“The Fury,” said Bruno again, trying to get it right but failing again.

“No,” said Father, “the – Oh, never mind!”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

courgettes (noun)  – another word for zucchini

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

 I read this book because 1.) My sister had it and 2.) I was trying to avoid my non fiction book, but wow. I finished this beginning to end in one sitting, because it was so interesting. You get to see this whole horrible war pan out, but through the eyes of a rich, immature young boy who doesn’t fully understand what’s going on. And it’s so amazing to see this from this strange perspective, when he makes a friend with a ‘boy in striped pyjamas’ and he doesn’t understand what he’s going through. He just imagines everyone’s living like he is, in a 4 story house with food at their beck and call, and he comes across a boy who’s starving and dying. And then he makes decisions he doesn’t think through, and he sees things in such an innocent manner. It’s just…a super interesting story. Definitely worth a read.



In the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss is a famous sculpture showing the famous characters of Greek mythology: Psyche and Cupid. It was created by Antonio Canova when he was commissioned in 1787. I really like this sculpture because of the figures and the way they are shaped and drawn towards the other, holding each other in their arms, necks craned to look into their eyes. The overall feeling you can get from this photo from looking at how delicate and graceful they seem is nicely done, and the greek myth behind this sculpture is really interesting.

Vigelandsparken Sculpture in Oslo, Norway is a sculpture park filled with 212 bronze and granite statues made by Gustav Viegeland. One of the most famous sculptures is the Monolith (above) which features 121 life size human figures. 

The Monolith, a sculpture 46 ft high and consisting of 121 human beings (obviously not real and alive human beings) is located in Oslo, Norway, in Frogner Park. The park has many other statues to look at, all made by Gustav Vigeland. This one is made from granite, showing the humans rising up towards the heavens. This is meant to resemble their wants to join the spiritual world as they rise up to meet it. I love this statue for the way each of the figures curl around each other in a perfect way, like puzzle pieces, exactly matching everyone else. To me, it almost looks like they are…struggling? Fighting each other to make their way towards the sky? Either way, it’s really astonishing to look at.


Book Report #11

Book Equivalent # 11

Words: I have no way of telling, unless I count. Which I  don’t have the patience for. It has 232 pages.

Date: December 15, 2015

Title:  The Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Superheroes

Author: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction

Opening Sentence: “It is because of that accursed Thor that I am exiled to this barren isle, ordered to remain here by Odin, King of the Gods!”

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“But why the costume – why the corny name?”

“Look, do I tell you my problems?”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

I don’t think I ran into any new words?

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I honestly just picked this up at first because it contained the comic where they show Bucky’s death (an OFFSCREEN death, because apparently they couldn’t show it properly.) But honestly, these collections of comics are funny to read and don’t require too much thinking and are easy, so. It’s really nice to see one of the beginnings of a team of the most well-known comic characters. And of course, you get to see small snippets of the Fantastic Four, the X Men and others.

It’s all really cheesy though, with heroic, strong characters but without much character. It doesn’t really go in depth about their personalities, it’s just them punching things. (I love how Janet [Wasp] calls Hank Pym [Antman] ‘Blue Eyes,’ though, I thought that was cute.)

Book Report #10

Book Equivalent # 10  

Words: 368 pages. 

Date: Nov 29, 2015

Title:  Reality Boy

Author: A.S. King

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction

Opening Sentence: I’m the kid you saw on TV.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: 

“‘I was going nowhere,’ she says.

‘Oh,’ I say again. ‘Can I come with you?'”

“But what’s crazy and what’s sane when everything is possible and yet nothing ever happens?”

“I look myself in the mirror and ask, ‘What are your demands, Reality Boy?’

My reflection doesn’t have any demands.”

“I was five years old and I already knew it – the day that I inhaled would kill me.”

“In nature, crying is okay. Waterfalls cry all the time.”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

polyethylene (noun) – the most common plastic.

blasé (adj) – unimpressed with or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before.

chalet (noun) – a house made of wood with a sloping roof.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

This book (like most books I read) is a realistic fiction book that is reflective on the main character’s life. In this book, Gerald is famous for being embarrassed on a reality TV at a young age. The whole experience ruins his family even more, making him grow an abusive sister and a mother who doesn’t care. But he makes his way in life and as he grows up, tries find himself and his demands in life.

I really liked how the romance in this book played out: it wasn’t too forced but not too wanted, it just…was. The characters are really nicely developed, especially Gerald. He takes on a whole new perspective, one not very heavily dealt with or represented often.

We never do get to find out what happened to Joe Jr in the end. I thought it was so funny that the author always censored Joe Jr’s swears with ‘@%#*’ but not whenever someone else swore. I honestly liked Joe Jr a ton, though. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to grow up in the circus. He reminds me of a Dick Grayson quote, “Running away to the circus? That was never an option for me as a kid.” (Update: apparently that’s NOT a Dick Grayson quote?? It’s not a quote from anything??? I just must’ve imagined it or something???) I hope he ended up going on his own path and being his own person.

I also think it was super interesting that A.S.King said in a Q&A in the back of the book that Gerald and Glory (from another one of his books) apparently attend the same high school.

Book Report #9

Book Equivalent # 9

Words: around 90,379

Date: Nov. 20, 2015

Title:  The Girl Named Disaster

Author: Nancy Farmer

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Historical Fiction

Opening Sentence: Couched on a branch of a mukuyu tree, a girl tore open a speckled fruit.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

“You cry if I come back full of holes?”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

stymied (verb) – prevent or hinder the progress of.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I already read this book a long time ago, but I re-read it as it was one of the Battle of the Books books. I really love Nancy Farmer’s writings, mostly ‘The House of the Scorpion.’

A Girl named Disaster is a story of a young girl named Nhamo, who journeys across waters in hopes of escaping a potentially terrible future. Alone the way, she must fight for survival and realise more about herself then she could have dreamed of.

There are may (purposeful) grammatical errors in this book, because Nhamo and her aren’t very well-educated, which kind of got weird to read but you later get used to it. It was really nice to read a book from a different culture’s point of view.


Book Report #8

Book Equivalent # 8            

Words: around 69,023

Date: Oct 9, 2015

Title:  Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction/Romance

Opening Sentence: The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: “Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

“Shoot, you coward. You are only going to kill a man.”

“I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it over the flames of hell and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for the want of heaven or the fear of hell, but because He is God.”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Paradigm (noun) – a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model.

Insurmountable (adj) – too great to be overcome.

Placid (adj) – pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed.

Entropy (n) – is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a measure of disorder.

Soliloquy (n) –  a device when a character speaks to himself or herself, relating thoughts and feelings, thereby also sharing them with the audience, giving off the illusion of being a series of unspoken reflections.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I’ve already read this book before, so it wasn’t too surprising to me. There’s mentions of drugs, sex and smoking in it, which is kind of more mature than I should probably be reading. As always, I’ve really loved Alaska and Takumi. Also, re-reading, I now love Katie (who only get’s like 3 sentences in the book) just because she kneed Pudge in the place where the sun don’t shine because she didn’t like how he cheated on Lara.

I also love the Colonel, so much. He’s so truthful and honest, in the way that hurts. At some point (and, warning for spoilers) when Pudge mourns Alaska’s passing, the Colonel goes something like “you don’t miss her, you miss your now idealised version of her that only focuses on her good, not the whole truth of her” and describes her faults and yes, it’s so cruel to do that, but it’s the truth. Also, the Colonel is like, 5 feet.

Every character has a small quirk to them. Pudge remembers people’s last words, Colonel memorises countries, their capitals, and their populations. Alaska hides wine in the ground in the forest, and Takumi can rap amazingly well. It’s really nice that these characters are special in their own way. The plot of the story is not so good, in my opinion. It’s more reflective and romance, sure, but not in the way I like reading it? It’s kinda more hardcore for me. Still a nice book, though.

(Also, I found a surprise bookmark in my old copy. It was a nice discovery.)