Sunday, May 23, 2010
After cracks and slumping with the frost porcelain I decided to try some white stoneware, Laguna 55. Since I'm on the East coast now instead of the West, I've had to switch gears. Some of my old standby clays are not available here or if they are there is quite a delay to obtain them. My cat, Betty, is waiting for me to start working. She's saying, "Just open the bag".
Betty seems to know, sometimes better than me, that once I open the bag I'll come up with something to make, especially after I cut off a section of clay.
Once I start rolling out the clay, Betty moves to another spot in the studio for a nap. I had a few sketches for vases; I decided making a vase would be a good to test the workability of the new clay.
I rolled out the clay, it had a slight curve on one side, I decided to go with it. See that yellow plastic sculpture too, that is my very favorite tool, it's curved on the pointed end, great for smoothing seams. For most of my hand building I use that tool, a ruler, needle tool, and a damp sea sponge.
I used a paint roller for a form, it just slips out afterwards with ease. My ware board is sitting on a lazy Susan turntable I got at the dollar store. The turntable makes working with a round form much easier since I can turn the turntable instead of constantly picking up the vase.
I cut out a geometric sprig and decided to attach it to the front of the vase. I'm not sure about the shape and position, but it's already attached so I'll leave it.
After I made the vase I drew a few sketches; I like the last two drawings. I guess this is reverse design, make it first and then design an alternative. This clay is real easy to work with, I'll see how it dries and fires. Thanks Betty, you were right, that wasn't difficult. Up next our weekly trip to destination, as yet, unknown. Comments and suggestions are welcome.