Sunday, March 21, 2010
It's a Wrap
Here's the first of a series of boxes I plan to make. My original sketch calls for black clay with a symmetrical white band incorporating a handle. Before I start using my precious black clay again, I thought I'd make a few practice boxes with the last of the sculpture clay.
Not sure if you can tell but the box is raised off the tabletop by the width of the wrapping. Since the wrapping is off to the left side I put a hidden piece of clay on the bottom of the right side to keep the box level. I made the box as a whole and then cut the lid off, the way I've seen Tracey Broome make boxes.
After I made the box I wondered what it would look like with the front seam covered, so I cut a piece of oblong clay and Gary held it up for the photo. I'll let the piece dry and I can epoxy it on after firing. I figured there was too much leverage to get it to stay put now. Which do you like better - the seam showing or hidden?
Making boxes is good practice for me to improve my hand building techniques. This box is slightly wonky, or wabi sabi. That's the beauty of handmade I think. I'd like to make a box with a gallery that holds the lid, um how to do that?
I'm off to find some tape to hold the box together while it dries, so it won't warp. I learned this tip from Judy Shreve. Comments and suggestions are welcome.