Monday, April 30, 2012

Glazing Your Bisque-ware

After your clay is fired the first time it becomes bisque-ware. At this point you can glaze your piece.

Read the directions on the individual glaze bottles. Most glazes require three coatings, but some may require less. Make sure you shake and then stir the glaze thoroughly before applying it. Use the designated teal glaze brushes for the application.

Even though the color of the glaze seems different than what you want when it is first applied, remember that the glaze undergoes a chemical transformation during the firing and will change color. Use the glaze testers to determine which colors would look good on your piece.

Think about how you want your piece to look. Remember all that we've learned about color. You can place complementary colors next to each other to create visual impact and to draw the viewers' eyes.

New Student Work!

Venice in a Day! Timelapse Video

Venice in a Day
by Joerg Niggli Plus

A day in Venice (Venezia) in Italy, from daybreak to sunset in timelapse. It's really a great place and I hope I can share some of its magic with this short video.

Some technical specs: Shot mainly with my trusty Canon G10 (and not a G12, like I wrote here first). Post in Motion, After Effects and Final Cut Pro X.
Music: Heart of Champions, Chris Haigh,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Welcome, Charlie Burnell!

My little brother and his wife had their second child almost two weeks ago. I'm so proud! My nephew, Tommy, is such a great big brother! I have to share the joy! Here are a few photos:

For you photo fans, here is how I shot these images: I used my Nikon D300 and a 35 mm 1.8 lens. I used mostly 1.8 to 4.0 apertures at 640 ISO for indoor light. I also used my Canon with a Lensbaby for a couple of shots.

500 Posts and almost 15,000 Clicks! Whoo hoo!

Hairspray Highlights

The Drama Club did an excellent job in the presentation of "Hairspray" last weekend! Buy the 2011/2012 Yearbook for all the great photos! Here are a few of the highlights:

Safe & Sober Prom Night!

I hope you all have a safe and sober prom night! Having fun is great, but staying alive is more important. For more information, please visit this website:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Stop Motion! Very Proud!

A group of our very own Meeker High School students created this short stop motion animation.  Great job, guys!

Fabulous Photographer!

Here is a link to one of my favorite contemporary photographers:

She makes some of her images "move" and takes gorgeous black and white photographs.  Check it out!

Chocolate Stop Motion Video!

Ready for some new "sweet" videos about stop motion animation? Check out these delicious videos! Talk about some fresh ideas!




During the first month of the year 2010, a group of 9 brave soldiers worked for 30 days straight, without seeing the light of day inside a secret dungeon located in Los Angeles, California. Their task was to gather 90 handmade cookies, sugar, milk, flour, chocolate, eggs and dough; and utilize them to create a 4 minute stop motion video for a foreign artist whose lyrics still remain unknown. They disappeared for 6 weeks and just recently emerged out of the darkness with a small floppy disk containing this:
The Official music video for Chocolate!!!
Please watch while enjoying a cold glass of fresh milk.

Glaze Reminder

Good morning!

This is just your friendly glaze reminder! I will be firing the kiln this afternoon. Please remember that all clay pieces must be formed by May 4th and glazed by May 18th.

Thanks and have a beautiful day!

~ Miz Burnell

New Student Work!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to Photograph Your Art

This is a very thorough tutorial about how to photograph your artwork. While I am always happy to take pictures for your portfolio, there may be a day when you need to do it yourself.

Romare Bearden & Kindness Collages

Here is the first presentation I've made using about one of my favorite artists. Enjoy!

Prom Dress Made of Cardboard!

Need some creative ideas for a prom dress? With some hard work and a unique idea, you too could have a fun prom dress! Read this article for more information: NPR Prom Dress Article

Fail Again, Fail Better

Cute animation about the frustrations that can go along with being a graphic designer.


"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat" -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summer Internship project produced at BL:ND /
Direction / Design / Animation by David Bauer, Michael Ko and Sara Shin.

Sound design by David Kamp /

Sara Shin /
David Bauer /
Mike Ko /

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quote o' the Week

"Laughter is an instant vacation."
~ Milton Berle

"Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food."
~ Anna Fellows Johnston

"Carry laughter with you wherever you go."
~ Hugh Sidey

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day of Silence Tomorrow

Thank you to Mrs. Blaisdell for sharing this! We will both be silent tomorrow. Join us!

Melvin the Mini Machine


Early 2012, HEYHEYHEY had some time to spare and they felt the need to challenge themselves once again, so they set out to build another one of their chain reaction machines called Melvin.

Conveniently built in two old suitcases, Melvin the Mini Machine is a Rube Goldberg machine specifically designed to travel the world. Each time Melvin fully completes a run, he ‘signs’ a postcard and sticks a stamp to it - making it ready to be sent.

Like its bigger brother, Melvin the Mini Machine also has an online non-physical side which he uses to connect to the people he meets. To keep things truly mobile Melvin uses a smartphone for his online identity.

Find out more about Melvin the Mini Machine at

Concept, design and production by HEYHEYHEY
Starring Steye van Dam
Co-production and support: PostPanic
Camera: Diderik Evers
Music: "The wonders of the world" by Woody Veneman
Editing: Ine van den Elsen
Sound: Joris Tillmans
Styling: Annemiek Swinkels
Programming: Maarten Witteveen
Clothing by Magda
Smartphone sponsored by Blue Mango Interactive

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Harlem Renaissance!

Phil in the Circle - Painting with Coke!

Fun video! At the end Phil demonstrates HOW to make your own painting using Coca Cola. By now you've probably noticed Phil Hansen's use of VALUE in every work of art he makes. Master value and you can do great things!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Quote o' the Week

"Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to."
~ Author Unknown

"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him."
~ Audrey Hepburn

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you."
~ Spanish Proverb