The Cycle of Anxiety
March 17, 2021
This piece was submitted by Bryn Hall (’21).
In regards to her work, she writes, “The objective of project one was to find something in nature that inspires me to reveal a deeper emotion in my personality. My expressive intent was to use the Cascate del Mulino natural thermal baths in Italy to show the cycle of anxiety I often go through. I wanted the piece to communicate the beauty of nature but also different stages of life, some of me being happy, expressed by the light blue color, others of dark periods through the rough brown, and new periods of clarity, shown with the white bubbled glaze. I ended up using a bowl with a curved and ridged edge on top to represent the edges of the thermal baths; this was more for an aesthetic design element. I then bisque fired it and used an opalescent blue glaze, sponged on brown at the edges, and used a white glaze with a bubble effect to express happiness after the dark brown stage. I believe the work was successful and met my expectations because I enjoy the contrasting colors and unique glaze techniques. Maybe next time I would include some kind of 3-D element to create more texture and interest.”