Sometimes I have absolutely no control over what happens in the studio. This was supposed to be a pedestal bowl but became a Toltec Transformation, a sort of Toltec god. The upper portion is two sides sandwiched together, the pedestal is four sides. Please keep reading to see how this happened and to see the other Toltec god.
This morning I made some sketches of various forms a couple for more pedestal bowls. Then I went outside and uncovered a few plants because of the freezing temperatures we had last night. Tonight is supposed to get down to 18 F so they'll be covered again. When I came back in I made a cardboard template for the bowl on the lower right. It seems to have an art deco style to it. Then I noticed the sprigs I sketched look like a face, interesting.
I rolled out a couple of slabs of clay, cut out the pieces for the pedestal and bowl and set them aside to firm up. I made the pedestal base without a lot of effort, attached it's sprigs, and set it aside to firm up while I worked on the bowl. I already had the pieces of the bowl cut out, sprigs attached, and was letting them firm up. I tried for a couple of hours to get the bowl sections to stay together. You'd think after all these years of hand building I'd be able to accomplish this, but they kept falling apart and going askew. I finally gave up. I hated to waste the bowl pieces and what was I going to do with the base? I decided to put two sides together and attach them to the base, that's the first photo.
Next time I think I'll make a cardboard form to lay the bowl sections against while I attach them together. Oh gee I need to get some of that roofing tar paper to use. I keep forgetting to get some when I go to the lumber yard. Now that I examine the bowl sections, the bowl has sharp angles and the bottom may be too narrow. I can think about that the next time I make (try to make) this pedestal bowl.
Here's the second two bowl sections sandwiched together and made into a, not sure what, but the toothpicks will be replaced with some feathers and the bottom has a hole to set a dowel or pin in. The piece is probably too heavy to be supported by one dowel. Will have to think about it. Perhaps some reading about the Toltec Civilization will give me some ideas.
If you like lava glazes have a look here at the End of History blog to see some great examples. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.