Several years ago after a trip to the coast in California I was inspired to make curled bark sculptures. I happened to walk through a eucalyptus grove and was mesmerized by all the furled bark pieces lying on the ground. When I got home I went into my studio and made quite a few bark sculptures, some large, some small. I wanted them to look like the pieces of bark I had seen. I experimented using several different types of clays, some stoneware and some porcelain, then I stained them with various stains. I left them unglazed and fired them in a reduction atmosphere to Cone 10.
While rearranging and dusting my display shelves this past week I looked at one of my smaller curled bark sculptures and a light bulb went off. It looked like the perfect size to hold business cards. I tried it out and the business cards fit perfectly. I only have two of these small ones. I put the top porcelain Business Card Bark Sculpture in my Etsy shop for sale. I'm keeping the darker stoneware one, pictured in the second and third photos, for myself.
I love the organic look and feel of these bark sculptures. The porcelain one is smooth to the touch and the stoneware one is slightly rough, as if I just picked it up from the ground with some gritty soil on it. Today I plan to make more of these business card holders in the Cone 5/6 clays I'm using now. This post is part of the weekly Mud Colony what's happening in the studio. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.