Tag Archives: kiln

Pity The Fool

25 Oct

I was at a party the other night, when I started talking to someone, only realizing after way too long that I was calling her by the wrong name. Hi, here’s me:

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Real-Looking Sun Face

5 Jul

This survived bisque firing, and I’ll glaze it next. I’m thinking it might make a good contrasting pair with the moon face.

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‘We Don’t Kill Easy’

30 Apr

Rash mold-making shortcuts left me with a gooey mess of uncured silicone. In utter despair, I tossed the mold, original stuck firmly inside, out in the yard. After a few rainy nights and warm days, I was going to throw it in the trash when, miraculously, the original popped out. I poured some Rockite into the tatterdemalion mold, and got THIS! With luck, this un-dead mold will now produce 60 or more copies just like this one, which proudly bears the title “SFb001”, destined to go down in Kenny Smillie history as The Sun Face That Didn’t Kill Easy.

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Marge Thompson, Norm Thompson’s Wife, AS THE SUN

22 Apr

That’s my artsy title for this Sun Face, to be mass produced in my Dickensian workshop as hep garden art. I was going to say “… In Her Aspect As THE SUN,” but that ¬†would make a presumptuous, bulky title.

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Spray Paint

21 Apr

Some of my concrete castings definitely need color to distract from the marks left by my rookie mistakes in mold-making. I was cogitating about air brushes, air compressors and all that expense & hassle when I found this stuff called spray paint. It comes in a can. You press the button. The color comes out of the can. Let the proceedings begin!

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Crescent Moon with Shadow Glaze

8 Apr

My latest crescent moon has yellow pigment blown on from below, and blue molten glass blown on from above. I’m trying to create a shadow effect, which shows primise, though it needs tweaking yet.

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Blessed Mary, Young Mom

24 Feb

This sculpture was the second bust of its kind to have no trouble at all in the kiln. So I’m going to keep on going with this technique: throw a big, thick pot and flip it over to form the head. Stuff with newspaper, add slabs of clay over the newspaper. No cutting or hollowing out is required.

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Teenage Blessed Virgin Mary

14 Jan

After studying the first few chapters of Luke again, I felt inspired to make a bust of the Blessed Virgin as she might have appeared during the Anunciation, or maybe Elizabeth’s Song. … I know– the eyes, the eyes. It’s the best I can do right now.

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As a clay nerd, I’m extremely excited that my ingenious plan of throwing a very big, ¬†thick pot on the potter’s wheel, then turning it upside down to form a shell for the hollow sculpture seems to have worked. If I can pull this off without big cracks as it dries, it will become unnecessary to sculpt out of solid clay, then laboriously cut the finished piece in half, scoop it all out and try to put it back together again.

Braven’s New Etsy Shop

28 Nov

I’ve just set up a new shop at Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SmillieCeramics). My initial strategy is to attract buyers with free shipping. We’ll see how it goes. Click over and check it out some time. Here’s one of the items I have up so far. Click the photo to go to the shop.https://www.etsy.com/listing/115780540/small-intooroutdoor-stoneware-pot-about

To Belabor

17 Nov

Just belaboring the face pots. Here’s another from the recent batch. I realize that they’re still kind of pointless and creepy, but I can definitely feel a style coming on as I start to get traction with the glazing choices and techniques. To recap again: limpid pools of aquamarine/blue glass, then harsh, eye-catching color in the inside, dripping opaque darker colors from the rim and/or rustic iron-oxide accents. There!

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