Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sculpture number 5.

It took me almost two weeks to complete this sculpture rather than the one I'd planned.  But it did teach me that I can find studio time during a crazy busy week filled with two many distractions to count.  My studio was tied up for one whole day while I had better lights installed.  A friend was doing the installation  while I had tea with his wife and our dogs played outside.  I do enjoy time with friends but it cut out an entire day from my work schedule.  The new lighting is wonderful.  My studio is in the basement and now I have such bright lights I feel as if I'm in a room filled with windows.  I have four canned lights with 90 watt daylight spotlights shining down on my table.  With my table ott light I don't think I'll get eye fatigue anymore.  As I'm not really young anymore that is a good thing.

One other problem holding up production was the head.  It kept falling off every time I moved the piece despite a skewer through the head and body and a clay piece under the head for support.  It just needed time to set up a bit before I could continue work.  So I may wish to complete a piece in one week the clay may have its own agenda.  Until next time....

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sculpture number 4 and a finished piece.

Here is sculpture number 4.  I saw simple heads at a sculpture show and this is my take on a simple head.  The finished piece is sprayed with Josh green and yellow salt cone ten glazes.  The piece just finished has a little bit more detail in the nose and has a more oval shape but for the most part it is just as simple.  I like this look and its easy to achieve.  As its only Wednesday I can start on a more complicated piece with the extra time I have left this week.  I'm thinking it may be some sort of dancer or wolves.  I've done a lot of research on wolves and may start those pieces.  I'll just have to think on it.  Until next time....

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sculpture Number 3 of my hand.

Even with my family home for spring break I managed to get my sculpture started and finished in my one week allotted time.  As spring is here with the lovely warm weather my instructor has a raku kiln at her house and invites her students to come over fire pieces and have a good time.  I thought some hand sculptures would look great in raku glazes.  I was hoping to finish four hands but I'm happy just with this one.  I'm also happy that an electrician friend figure out how I could get more light out of the electrical outlets I have in place.  More light is always better.  As my studio is really part of my unfinished basement more light will be really really helpful.  If only I could lose the cat litter boxes!  Until next time....