Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Making a Large Draped Bowl

So much for my plan to make smaller items to fill the kiln. Yesterday I managed to roll out a huge slab of clay eighteen by eighteen inches. I decided the size was too nice to use for smaller pieces so I decided to make a large drape molded bowl.

I textured the slab with various texture tools in a random manner. Then I wondered if I had anything large enough to accommodate the draping of this overly large slab of clay.

I remembered I had a large stainless steel bowl I use to mix up my slip and decided it was a good size for the slab. Except the bowl had a lip. So I cut some foam into pieces to tape around the edge of the bowl to keep the lip from cutting the draped slab of clay.

The slab was so large that even on my banding wheel the clay would have draped all the way down to the table top. So I put a couple of four by fours on top of the turntable. After the bowl firmed up a turned it over onto a piece of sheetrock to dry on an open rack. Hope this one makes it. It's about 15 inches wide and four inches tall.

Monday, December 15, 2014


This piece formed in my mind as a clay doll but morphed into a guardian. Later I thought to put an item in the hands but wasn't sure what. Perhaps a lotus. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Architectural Details as Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere for me, in nature and also in the man made. I love the strong lines and the color contrast in this building, an auto dealership in Ocala Florida. I haven't gotten around to using this color and pattern in my work but it is high on my list.

 These next few buildings are in Charlotte North Carolina.

These two are in New Hampshire.

Inspiration is everywhere. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Icy Flowers and Craving Color

Each morning lately when I look out the window I see a gray landscape covered with a frost. With ninety percent humidity this is a heavy frost. Can you see the trail of thick white smoke coming from a neighbor's chimney in the middle right? I can almost see ice patterns in the grassy field below left.

Typing this, immediately I think of a black slip covered with some trailed white slip over the top of the black slip, mimicking, emulating the ice patterns. Maybe white over green. I may have to try that. Above is what Kelly Photography captured in a grassy field, wonderful icy flowers. Click the link to see more icy flowers.

But this post is about craving color which I found myself doing the last few days. I've been using up small bits of clay to make the last few pieces. It's rather amazing what can come of just the cut offs and left overs of clay. These two small windowsill vases are examples of that. First some lavender dots and then bright blue and green.

Hopefully I'll get a grouping of these made to photograph on a windowsill. Now I'm thinking I need to make contrasting shapes, some tall, maybe some oddly shaped to add to a grouping. Perhaps this morning I'll make a sketch of a grouping. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.