Mini Modules Project

For this project, you will create a single object using at least 50 small modular shapes. You may find you need far more than 50 to create your work – maybe you need 500!

A “module” is a repeatable form that you combine to make something larger.

You will make the modules with clay in the wet stage, fire the individual parts, then assemble the object after the firing to create a unique form. The assembly must connect the modules into one complete form using wire, string, epoxy, fishing line, or anything else that binds the modules together.

This is a “mini” module project, so each module must be less than 2 inches. Keep in mind that since you need 50 (at a minimum), a 2 inch module would be on the large side, so think small for your modules and see how you can build them into a larger more complicated shape. The goal is to create a complex and unique form with a small simple form that repeats.

The “modules” can vary by length, color, and thickness, but should be the same basic form. For example: if your module is a small hollow tube of clay, all of your units (or “modules”) should be hollow tubes of clay, even if they are different lengths or thickness.

The following images are some examples of work made in this style.

Casey Whittier, “Pulling it Together
Earthenware, mason stain, dad’s fishing line
Casey Whittier, “Pulling it Together
Earthenware, mason stain, dad’s fishing line
Mandi Salov, “Cyanometer”
Mandi Salov, “Cyanometer”
Sydney Ewerth, “Polly Pocket’s Jungle Jim-Bo”
Sydney Ewerth, “Polly Pocket’s Jungle Jim-Bo”
Brian Harper, “Scaffolding Series: JCPenney Home™ Collection, Single Coffee Mug”
Brian Harper, “Scaffolding Series: JCPenney Home™ Collection, Single Coffee Mug”
Shae Bishop, “Shirt”
Shae Bishop, “Shirt”