Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I am into faces now

Hot from today's kiln opening:

My first (almost lifesize) sculpture

Well, to give myself more challenges and get away, at least temporarily, from some of the smaller things I make, I decided to try an almost "lifesize" figure. I plan to construct it in four pieces so I can get them all in the kiln which has size limits, of course. I also realize I can give myself room to "quit" at each of the first two stages, if I so choose by making it this way. The first top part has been constructed and is now drying. I am using paper clay from Axner which I love for many reasons, especially for a project like this. I now can contemplate and plan the remaining pieces, which might have a sea theme, I especially like the poem "Oceanus" by William Sharp 1855-1905---and may make silkscreens to decorate her dress along with other ocean imagery/text. Still in planning stage although I feel I reached a milestone getting her this far. She is tucked away behind toweling to dry. I am also inclined to make all four pieces and not fire them until all have been constructed/decorated with underglazes, etc. A true work in progress, here she is:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Inspiration from Scandinavia

I often get inspired by designs I see in other medium. For example, this gorgeous Scandinavian bag made from felt was the inspiration for the series I am making in ceramic, as vases/holders, etc. Just delivered this one
to the Topsail Art Gallery for sale, and have glazed four more different designs yesterday which might be out of the kiln next week. I am not the only one inspired by the Scandinavian bag, it appears Canuck Craft was also inspired.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My herons are in glorious company

Thanks to Sarah Knight for including my herons in the moonlight in her gorgeous collection/treasury at ETSY