I followed up on my face vase with another one but this time the face vase holding a vase - however the facial features really bother me - not what I wanted. Lips are really hard to do hard not to make them look fake.
|Quick impromptu version|
|Final version - totally overdone - sort of mother earth but put just too much hair, leaves etc..|
|First woman platter - again the lips are totally unappealing. Plus some of the applique cracked.|
I reglazed it in cone 6 electric, but it is going to the hammer.
I make the platter over a garbage can -see earlier post several years ago about garbage can platters. After laying down the clay slab I roughly lay on the extruded rim and cover everything with plastic to equalize the moisture for a couple of days. As I use a caulking gun type of extruder I have to use really soft clay for the rims so it is really important that the clays equalize before attaching the rim.
Once the clays have equalized and hardened a bit I transfer the whole slab to a smaller circle support - a large shallow glass lamp shade. Only then do I cut the edges, score and slip to add the rim. Sometimes I have a very clear idea of what I will make - other times I do it on the fly - hoping that it will come out OK.
I have been trying to get the shapes a bit more complex. To add the foot - once the plate is leatherhard I invert on a thick foam cushion. I throw a large ring and slip and score to add it - sometimes curving the foot to flow with the curves of the plate.
|In places I need to roll out a slab and then cut it into a wedge to insert under the thrown foot to level it out.|
|Once I have finished all the rims, if it is a complex design I sometimes start the applique design with paper,|
With the next platter I made my woman holding a platter but of people instead of what I sometimes have done - fish. Not sure what the people on the platter represent, but I really love cutting out the people .
Out next meeting was to have been in May or June but Keith is scheduled for heart surgery sometime soon and so we left the date it up in the air. Here 's wishing Keith a successful surgery and recovery.