Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flowers with spiky petals and crawling vines...

Here he is. The crazy monster eater. I just finished the flowers and vines. I wanted his shoulder area to look like the top of a cake. I can't decide if I want to carve the body or leave it the way it is now. If I do carve it I would imagine it being carved with a diamond design not an actual image.
Any ideas?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My monster eater has flowers in his head...

I wanted to imagine something to take away the monsters in my head. I wanted it to be something ferocious and as wily as the monsters. So far here he is...
He will have flowers coming out of the back of his head and down his neck, finally resting on the platform or shoulder area.

Finished pieces

Here are a couple of the finished sculptures from last week.
I glazed the small head with a cone 6 shino type glaze called nutmeg. It is a lot darker than I expected put I am quite pleased especially with the monsters.

The rabbit has the turquoise glaze that I have been working with. It turned the black slip blue. I am not as pleased as I thought I would be at the result but Will really likes it.
Working on some crazy new sculptures for this week and of course pots.
I have been meaning to post a tutorial here,
but I haven't gotten to it yet...maybe this evening...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A different approach

I have been asked to do a couple of Face Jugs for a show in August. So I made them in my traditional way with the black and white checkerboard background and a funny, calmish face.
But then I thought maybe I should push the envelope a little. I have been doing face jugs like this for a couple of years. So I decided to incorporate the latest "Monsters in my head" theme and here is the first result. I think I need to make the face more expressive but I am pleased with the heads swimming around on the back.

Hey Jafabrit!
( for those of you who haven't seen this blog, Jafabrit is an amazing artist! take a look!)
Here is the link to the items I am selling on e-bay. I have been meaning to make an etsy shop but time has gotten the better of me. My seller name on e-bay is pottingshed.
Thanks for posting!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Carved Rabbit

I wanted to see what the rabbit would look like carved and here is the first one.
I like the carved effect. It reminds me of my rabbit when I was a girl. Her name was Chocolate Chip. I called her CC. But she was of course black and white and had a dramatic look to her fur.

Still can't get away from the somewhat melancholy look on the rabbits face...maybe it is my mood and not the shape of rabbit's mouth's in general.
I did like though the way the carved rabbits share legs and the tail with the actual sculpted rabbit.

Head Lice

I decided to post a finished version of the 2nd attempt at Head Lice...or the crazy monsters in my head series.
I still think I may make another one similar to this with a totally black face because I liked that better. The dark black suits my mood better than this. Here the face almost looks happy on the right side. The lines looking too much like eyelashes. Let me know what you think!

Monday, June 16, 2008

2nd attempt

I wanted this face to look bewildered and confused. It is hard to see...I had a hard time photographing the black. I can't decide whether to carve the face of leave it all black. If anyone has an opinion let me know! I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ever feel like.....

there are monsters in your head screaming for all they are worth, making you feel damaged and strange? Well, this week especially, I have a couple of resident monsters and they are having a heyday laughing and talking about all my little insecurities and gigantic failures. Instead of crawling into bed with a book and sadness, I made a couple of sculptures trying to get it into clay how it might look in my dreary head. Here are the first ones.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rabbit Family

Here is the finished rabbit family. The 2 small babies are rattles and make a cute metallic sound when shaken. I have been working on more sculpture. I seem to have caught the bug....more on this tomorrow. Dinner is a callin!