Sunday, October 19, 2014

Big Rooster Bank

Yesterday I had an inspiration to make a rooster bank. The rooster is about 12 inches tall and the body is about 6 by 8 inches wide. Lots of coins could be saved in a bank this size. There's a slot in the top to insert coins and a hole in the bottom to retrieve the savings. I'll plug the bottom hole with a cork or a wooden or rubber stopper.

I started with a sketch of my idea. Later I made a paper template for the body shape.

Then I wondered how in the world I could construct the piece. I decided to form a makeshift form to hold up the body of the rooster. A plaster mold would be much better. I'll have to think about that for the future. Sometimes it isn't easy being self taught. I wish I could afford to take sculpture class. Maybe one of these days.

As I made the rooster I was thinking rooster banks would be a wonderful addition to my pottery repertoire. But after all the makeshift contraptions and clay gyrations I went through yesterday I wasn't sure I ever wanted to make another. It took me almost four hours to make, The head and tail feathers are precarious. I made them flat but now I wish I'd made them three dimensional. I hope this piece makes it through the firings.

Remember the chickens I saw camping, they're popping up all over the place in my clay work. Oh look at the feet in my sketch, they seem like a cross between human and chicken feet. I wish I'd made the feet that way; I think they'd be a fine addition, very folk artish. This morning I'm thinking one of these roosters, slightly modified, would make a nice cookie jar. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Surface Patterns & Molds

For the next six weeks I'm taking Surface Patterns and Molds on online Ecourse with Diana Fayt. I hope to make hump molds to use in my clay making. I figure with a mold I can make a collection of uniform sizes of some of the works I make. It's not too late to sign up. Click this link if you're interested.

Here's another tower I made yesterday, overlapping levi and terra cotta colors. One person on facebook likened my colorful tower (from yesterdays's post) to the Dr. Suess tower, "Oh, the places you'll go!" I've never seen that illustration before but you know that's exactly what my towers are about. Setting your mind, the viewer's mind, free to wonder and wander.

I originally called these 'Towers of Whimsy' but they can also be called 'Towers of Wonder'. What's their purpose? Fun, happiness and wonder. The one I made yesterday has a separate plate; something can be stored underneath, something secret, something you cherish, even your thoughts and memories. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colorful Tower

Today I re-made the jar for the rooster, I had some leftover pieces of clay and made this tower. After the big storm the other day I decided something bright and colorful was needed. There's something more about this piece in the back of my mind but it isn't ready to formulate itself in clay, maybe small community of colorful towers. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas Tree Luminaries

A couple of years ago (has it been that long) I made this large (14 inches tall) Christmas tree luminary. I made this one with an overlapping strips of clay construction method.

At the time I planned on making some smaller luminaries with slabs. This past week I finally got around to making a few. I plan to make a few more in varying heights. These are about six inches tall and are large enough to place a votive candle or a battery operated tea light.

I made the plates separately and they've dried more quickly, hence the lighter color in this photo. This year my goal is to make a range of price points in clay pieces, hence these smaller luminaries. One more day working at the fair and it's back to working in the studio again. Thankfully my shoulder is much better; I'll have to be more careful from now on. This morning though we're expecting high winds and lots of rain, hope no trees fall down. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.