my ceramic art work 05 - 06-2008
May 19, 2008Public
Photo: Three footed bowls, the groves in the middle one fits my hand perfectly, the larger one fits my husbands hand and holds a 12 oz. bottle of beer. The smallest one is an espresso or tea cup sized bowl.
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Photo: 13.5" tall x 13.5" wide from nose to tail. This is wheel thrown and sculpted pottery. I threw a bottle form for the body and head. I threw columns for the legs and I threw a vessel form for the wings and pressed the feather forms out from the side of the pot, I also threw the spiral tail and the neck. I view throwing as a way to get good sturdy hollow forms to sculpt.
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Photo: The wings are the lid, the body is hollow a wheel thrown bottle. The liquid pours out of sculptures mouth and for some reason one nostril. It could "function" as a decanter or tea put but it's not practical nor tidy.
Photo: 'Paradox' raku sphinx
Photo: glueing 'Paradox' the sphinx back together for the second time
This sculpture has been a learning experience, the wire armature I used in his wings and tail melted in the bisque and then the metal flowed into the cracks. I filed the metal off of the deformed chunks and raku fired him. He fell apart again, but it was in less pieces, as some of the broken parts were glazed together with molten glass in the raku.
Photo: Hason lifting his vase out of the raku kiln. This shot shows 'Paradox' from behind glowing orange in the fire, and the sphinxes wings are set in a ceramic ring with wadding fired separately so they would not fuse onto the sculpture's body.
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