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Three-Dimensional Design

Pottery and ceramic art are created in three dimensions. Your pottery will benefit if you know and understand the concepts that go into three-dimensional design.

Introduction to 3-D Design
Potters and ceramists should have at least an introductory knowledge of three-dimensional (3-D) design. Objects which have height, width anddepth have greater intrinsic impact than their two-dimensional counterparts. A large part of this is that 3-D objects naturally impart a deeper sense of reality, solidity, and presence.

Elements of Three Dimensional Forms
Creating pottery is creating three dimensional forms. Even tiles have height, width and depth. Beyond the actual measurements of these three dimensions, however, there are even more elements which make up the three dimensional form. These elements are shape, space, value, texture, line, color and time.

Basics of Thrown Pottery Forms
Thrown pottery forms can incorporate a number of specific areas, or parts. Bringing the knowledge of those areas to the forefront of your mind as you plan a pot or while throwing can help you create more pleasing pottery. It will also help you develop your own aesthetic or style in your work, simply by giving you a more concrete framework from which to launch your artistic "voice."

Basic Vessel Shapes and Transitions
Pottery vessels are generally built using three basic container forms. Although there are sculptural-style vessels that do not follow this pattern, nearly all pottery vessels do use the basic forms, either alone or in combination.

Foundations of 3-D Art
For three dimensional (3-D) objects, there are three foundations which raised them into art, and upon which all 3-D art is built. These foundations are subject matter, content, and form.

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