Monday, January 30, 2012

sketches in clay


I have had this form dancing around in my head for a few weeks now. Since we have been in a glazing cycle, I hadn't touched moist clay in over two weeks. This weekend I decided to throw some slabs and get started on this idea.


I have used sea fans in a number wall pieces as well as some dish forms. Often times they are raku fired and occasionally wood fired. My idea was to take two slabs and join them together to form a vase.


I like how it looks at this angle, when I see it from the front I think it is too wide. Another concern is it's stability.


I am going to work on a few more next month and see where I can go with this form... for now Jeff and I need to make 50+ mugs & cappuccino cups for a coffee shop in Greensboro. The sure money stuff has to come first.
We also have a kiln to unload this afternoon... check back later for an update.

10 comments:

  1. I love sea inspired sculptures, what glaze will you use? and how tall is it? I make vase and sculpture forms with this same type of construction of two slabs together and they've held up just fine at Cone 6. Other's I fired to cone 10 in the college I went to in California and they did just fine. I think I was using Windsor porcelain at the time. I dried them very slowly covered with a plastic dry cleaning bags lightly over the top out of drafts. I hear you about the sure money stuff.

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  2. it might be 10 - 12" tall. i will most likely raku fire it. why not push it to it's limits!

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  3. That is so beautiful, - great idear...

    Looking forward to seeing the oven unloaded.

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  4. I you raku it where would you grab it with the tongs? I think it would be spectacular rakued, can't wait to see it.

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  5. my guess is reaching inside of it to grab it... being careful to go far enough in so as not to snap the rim.

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  6. I love this form~ so organic...it really does look like it's fluttering in the water. Hope it works out. Keep us posted!

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  7. Very graceful and flowing....sort of like the sea. It doesn't look to broad front on to me. If it's a vase I don't think you can judge until you have flowers in it. You may have a problem with the foot overbalancing. I can see this in a variety of glazes.....something to do in all that free time we potters have. Hah!

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  8. It's fun to play and ignore the cash crop isn't it!?
    Beautiful form :)

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  9. How did u give that texture on clay...

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