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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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Blessed Virgin Mary, Young Mom

30 Jan

Having dropped off my Teenage Blessed Virgin Mary at the kiln for bisque firing, I started worrying that I hadn’t dried it thoroughly enough, and that it might explode. So I made another. Here, I tried to capture the look of Mary perhaps at the young mom stage of life, a period when there’s so much historical blank space.

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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, ┬áthick 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!


And Still, Yet Another Face Pot

17 Nov

Bisque Face Pot

16 Nov

This one made it through a first firing, and is ready for glazing. I’ll use my new techniques.

Finished Pot

16 Nov

Some experiments with blue clear blue glaze and iron oxide powder are starting to pay off. These just came back from the kiln and I’m very pleased with the result. Now I’ve definitely got an idea of what my pottery style is going to be: luscious pools of pale aquamarine-tinted glass, shocking colors on the inside, rough ‘n ready oxides and stains on the outside.

And Yet, Still Another Face Pot

11 Nov

One more face pot. Nothing fancy this time. I just wanted to finish it up quick so I can pursue some other ideas I have. Why not make a pot-like hollow cone, stuff it with tissue, flip it over and sculpt it into a figurine of some sort? I’ll give it a try after this.

And Still Yet, Another Face Pot

10 Nov

Actually, I posted this one when it was still wet and gray. It’s back from a second firing, and confirms my idea of using color on the inside. This was one of the first on which I used my primitive manual air-brush sprayer for the underglaze and glaze. It looks like some kind of drug paraphernalia, but you blow into it to generate the airstream, suction and a crude mist. And I stand UPWIND from now on.

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