A ceramic study in handbuilding
for my class
As the student, I am to create a three-dimensional form out of clay after reading the book by Maurice Sendak "Where the Wild Things Are". The clay form must begin as a pinch pot and then turned on its side. The form must have some details such as; eyes, teeth, ears, horns, hair, feet and nails.
Here we go...
Start with a mound of clay. Don't forget to wedge!
Wedged and ready to become a pinch pot first.
Press thumbs in the center.
Continue pressing and pushing the clay to create a pinch pot.
I was trying to create even sides all around the pot with my fingers.
Hands are always the best tools!
Once I was happy with the pinch pot, I wanted to add some details before I turned it on its side.
I scalloped the edges and then added some grooves.
I am totally digging this project!
Now it is time to squeeze the sides and add more detail on the outside.
Once I had this form I immediately began to see a shell and added the pearl.
Eyes were next. This is the back view of the vessel.
Hornish ears! These attach to the eyes and the top of the "Ugly".
I enjoy adding texture into the clay to have some depth when glazing.
Feet with toenails are added next.
Score and Slip method was used to add the small vessel features.
I couldn't forget about the teeth!
This is greatly textured, as well to hopefuly hold some awesome glaze!
Funky and Ugly!
At the last minute I felt it needed a small nose.
Ugly created and will be drying for the first firing.
Check back in the coming weeks for the next process.
pushing my creative self-expression with a versatile media on this artist holiday,