Tag Archives: Sendai

Cowlike Gargoyle

2 Sep

Another gargoyle head is done. This one turned out more bovine-looking, or maybe doglike.

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Finished That Gargoyle

1 Sep

The latest gargoyle is done. I feel a series coming on.

New Gargoyle

31 Aug

I have a new gargoyle in the works. I’ll do the head tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be a bored gargoyle.

The Other Gargoyle

29 Aug

The second bookend gargoyle is done. Instead of quietly pondering his books, this one is waxing eloquent.

Busy Busy Busy

13 Jul

I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been making stuff. Today was a second firing of a second batch of leaf trays. The incremental improvement continues. This time the glaze is a little better chosen and applied, the plates are a little smoother. Next time, I’ll ask people what they want, and start focusing on usable designs and sizes. I think people are going to want bigger plates than I’ve been making.

Art Deco Face

13 Jul

My art deco face finished its second firing. I painted it black and put a deep green glaze on it. Very happy, except one of the swans’ beaks chipped off in handling. I can use art restoration tech to fix it so nobody will ever know.

 

Inventory

4 Jul

I tossed up some shelves to verticalize my inventory. Some day, I want to have one of those ladders on rollers like you see in old libraries. Gotta make more stuff first.

Big Kiln Day Tomorrow

2 Jul

Tomorrow’s a first-firing kiln day. So I’ve been furiously sanding, scraping and buffing frog trays and leaf plates. It’s my second go at the leaf plates, so the technique feels a little smoother, less experimental, more confident, and fixed– except my frogs … the more I make, the worse they seem to get.

Portrait with Swirls

25 Jun

Here’s a portrait with swirls made with the same rough pottery version of Shigaraki clay. It has a coarse powder of dried clay mixed into the soft clay, so it’s grainy, but won’t break carving tools after drying, as quartz sand would.

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Bust of the Madonna in Rough Shigaraki Pottery Clay

25 Jun

This is a new Blessed Virgin Mary bust I made, this time using a grainy type of Shigaraki pottery clay. It’s great for big, expressive, rough n’ ready sketches, so this time I want to see how much detail and smoothness it can take.

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