Friday, July 9, 2010
Will It Survive
When inspiration strikes me, I plunge right in. I don't think about the materials or props I need, I just roll out the clay and improvise. That's what I did this evening.
I've always wanted to make a cake stand and never did. Today I decided to give it a try. The first photo is the cake stand put together and photographed upside down. There's no photo of the cake stand standing upright because if I placed it that way it would droop and that would be the end of it. The clay must stiffen quite a bit before I dare turn it right side up.
While I was making the cake stand, I unpacked this mini extruder and made an extruded rim with extruded sprigs on top. This tool could be lots of fun. I can't wait to see what shapes all the discs make.
You'll have to wait in suspense like me to see if this cake stand will survive the drying process. I've got some round balls of clay holding up the top of the plate and have placed it upside down on an upside down corelle plate. The plate just so happened to be the right size to fit between the sprigs. Boy, what luck I have. I need some foam for these types of challenges. One can never have too many tools and props when working with clay.
Of course, if I didn't make a rim with sprigs on top I could have placed the top flat down on a board, but I always think of these things after I make something. I think my fate says I must be challenged with the impossible task each day. Still, though, the mysteries of clay keep me coming back time after time, it's so much fun. Comments and questions are welcome.