Saturday, August 21, 2010
My intention was to make an insect body shaped spirit jar and then drizzle some of that local clay slip down the sides of the black clay form. I planned to make a pedestal for it to stand on with a tray at the bottom. I am hoping a tray will catch the slip in case it runs when the pieces fired. If the slip doesn't run so much the better. Do you ever make catch basins for unknown glazes or slips to fit under the pieces you make?
Remember the big pile of clay I got the slip from? At the time I didn't think it was local dirt. There is another construction job going on a mile or two away from the original pile of clay. Guess what? There's some of this same red clay there too; maybe this is local clay. I mixed up the slip in a little dish and it looked just like the color of butterscotch pudding, so I'm calling it butterscotch slip.
It looked real creamy when I mixed it up, but when I rubbed it between my fingers it felt gritty, sandy. Well this is Florida I should have expected it to feel sandy. I decided I better screen it. Then I realized I have no idea where my screens are located. They must be packed in a box somewhere. I rummaged around in a few drawers and saw this tea strainer so I decided to use it.
Luckily I strained this stuff because I only got a small amount of the slip, the rest was all sand. It took forever to get even a small amount of strained liquid. I filled up half the strainer closed it and shook it over the bowl till the liquid came through then dumped the sand. Then I filled the strainer again and so on. Then I took the syringe and filled it with the slip and squirted it over the jar.
I think I'll make another one of these jars; I want the size and shape to be more like my sketch. Comments and suggestions are welcome.