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Please note that the Sustained Investigation and the Range of Approaches sections below are from two different students’ portfolios.  

Sustained Investigation (Concentration) Statement

  1. The central idea of my concentration was to explore wheel thrown pottery. Throughout my concentration, I created several different forms of functional pottery.
  2. The work in my concentration demonstrated the exploration of my idea by using a wide range of forms.  Throughout my concentration, growth was shown by the surfaces applied to my pieces. My work also started off smaller and less complicated and gradually got more complex. Over the process of creating work for my concentration, I developed larger wheel-thrown vessels and a variety of functional pottery. 

Rationale for Score

  • Exploring wheel-thrown pottery is the stated idea of this investigation. This is more of an approach than an idea or theme, and that limitation is seen within the works presented. The statement describes growth in terms of surface treatments, but this is difficult to see in the images provided. Including effective detail images may have demonstrated a clearer evidence of growth.  
  • The body of work demonstrates moderate understanding and superficial application of 3-D Design principles. Well-photographed pieces display interior and exterior space; however, the bowls, cups, and cylindrical forms do not exhibit much variation in shape, size, or proportion. The work is repetitious. The use of colored glaze on some forms does add a bit of variety and contrast.
  • Image 4 shows some of the most successful forms. The bowls appear to be nested, drawing attention to scalloped edges. These forms show experimentation and more engagement with 3-D space than is seen in other pieces from this body of work. Further exploration of options and possibilities for creating functional vessels could lead to the production of additional imaginative pieces.
  • The work is uneven. Construction and attachment of handles (images 2, 11, and 12, especially) conveys emerging technical competence. Some knowledgeable use of media and technique, such as wheel throwing and glazing, is shown. The simple cylindrical vessels are low and thick-walled with undefined feet, suggesting limited proficiency in the development of form.  

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Rationale for Score

  • The work shows a superficial application of 3-D Design principles to a limited range of design problems. Most images are of simple ceramic vessels, with a few notable exceptions (multimedia paper constructions in images 1–4). Except for the work shown in images 3 and 4, forms are in the round, and the relief piece is photographed to show some dimensionality. The contrast of occupied and unoccupied space is mostly tentative. Image 14 shows the most successful application of 3-D Design principles, with sculptural form presented in a constructed environment that conveys scale, space, and intent.
  • Some original ideas are emerging, and some attempt at 3-D Design innovation is evident. The base of the tableau shown in images 1 and 2 implies functionality — storage, or movement of components, perhaps — with forms and imagery indicating art-historical research. Originality and innovation are also seen in images 13 and 14, with the use of egg cartons to create petal-like features. The ceramic vessels — most of the works shown — are less innovative, although some surface treatments indicate attempts at invention.
  • The work demonstrates some technical competence and knowledgeable use of materials and media. Wheel-throwing, hand-building, and glazing skills vary among the works, but overall appear to be moderate. Some second views (images 6 and 10, for example) don’t provide much additional information about the concept used or its execution. Note that in the work shown in images 11 and 12, the media listed (clay, metal sheets, metal sticks, string, paper, wood) are not visible in the images. Either the materials have not been listed correctly, or the image does not show the entire vessel.
  • Exploration of a wider range of 3-D Design principles, further and more consistent consideration of occupied and unoccupied space and spatial relationships, and continued integration of concept and form (most effective in images 1 and 2, 13 and 14) could amplify the success of these works.  

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