Well, here they are. And my Stroke N Coat adventures continue. Before the blue bunny was glaze fired, he was blue with cute little red flowers with yellow centers. After being fired the yellow centers were completely absorbed into the blue never to be seen again. The red petals ran like crazy. Hmmm.
Last Tuesday night in class I just wasn't into it and spent three-quarters of the evening fiddling with several wads of clay. Nothing seemed to want to be made. Then about forty-five minutes before the end of class I started shaping a rosebud. I seem to remember it looking pretty good by the end of the night. We'll see next week.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Please allow me to introduce you to Bandit. Bandit kindly shares the home of my friend, Barbara. In flesh and fur, Bandit is actually more orange than his clay counterpart, as you can see, though I do like how his expression and pose turned out. I'm continuing to be surprised by the Stroke N Coat results. As I was glazing the figure I was afraid that I'd used too much orange and tried to tone it down with a little more yellow and white. As it turned out he's not quite orange enough now. I think it's just a matter of experience, tho, and with practice, I'll have a better idea of how a piece is going to turn out. Next week I should have a couple pieces that are being fired this week to share.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
I've become addicted to playing with clay. I began to type "working" rather than "playing," stopped short doing anything with clay is anything but work. I've decided to start this blog to chronicle my experiences playing in the mud.
This all started about six months ago, when I retired after thirty years as a Florida state employee. I finally had the time and energy to do some of the fun things. I started taking classes at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (www.dfac.org). I tried drawing (too much like work) and a making art cloth class (fun, but just not 'it").
Then in the fall I started a clay class and I was hooked. The photos below are a couple of my first pieces. I do love making the little animals. The dog is "Watson," a friend's new sheltie puppy. The cat is my cat, Snow. The leaf plate was lots of fun and looks great!