Saturday, June 27, 2009

All Saints Bowl

Just for the heck of it, let's do an actual pottery-related post!

Carrie is using her sculpture class as a justification for experimenting with larger forms than she has previously used. This bowl is slab built on a mold, with a thrown footring. It's the biggest canvas (to borrow a metaphor from another art) we've had to decorate on so far, so there's a lot of work going into the planning. Here's the first stage. We'll keep updating along the way.

Wetting the rapidly-drying piece.

The decorating theme is going to be "saints on a half-shell" - inspired by gothic cathedrals, lots of naves for saints' images and stained-glass windows carved into the thick walls.

Here's Carrie carving a window into the wall. When it's finished, it will have lead lines built in and colored with underglazes.

That's all for now. Keep coming back for updates as this project comes together!

Another update: The Bride of Frankenstein is finally fully dry and ready to bisque. Soon we'll see if the ungainly planter survives for the next step!

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