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When starting the year I did not know what I wanted to do. After watching a video that displayed Ann Hamilton’s work I was inspired. Her art is all about creating an experience for the viewer and I decided that I wanted my art to make the viewer feel a similar way. My question that guided me throughout the year was How can I make art an experience? I worked in different mediums to answer this question. First, I painted an abstract work, where I repeated the same curved brush stroke all over the canvas but used different size brushes and even made some of my own tools to apply the different colored paints. I took a picture of my progress everyday and then made a slideshow at the end of the project so that people could see the process of how I made the final product. For my next project I wanted to work in clay on the potter’s wheel. I was ambitious and wanted to make a set of plates, the experience would be eating off the plate. I quickly realized that I didn't even know the basics of the wheel and was not going to be able to make a plate. I re-thought my process and decided and would make a video diary showing myself learning how to make cylinder’s on the wheel. For my final product I arranged the cylinders I made from the first one to the last and made a video showing my improvement. Now that I knew the basics, I wanted to make something new and different. I decided to make a donbe— a japanese rice cooking pot. I faced some challenges when making these— it was especially hard to make the gallery, the part of the pot the lid sits on, and make sure the lid fit the pot perfectly. I ended up making four donbe. For my final project I made a hand formed teapot. It is very different from my other pieces because of how angular it is. I also focused in my last semester on how I could unify my pieces. One thing I did was I painted one of the donbe in a very similar pattern to my painting. I hope that when people look at my art this year they see my process in making the works but also feel drawn in by the experience.