Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do...
~Rumi

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More Clay Class Stuff...

Just got back the fired/glazed 2nd big bear project. If you missed it, you can see the process of it being built here. It's a little lumpy & bumpy, but overall I like it. Out of the two larger sculptural forms I've done, this is the only one to make it through 2 firings start to finish, so that in itself is pretty cool. Though I have found I have far less control over the clay when attempting larger/hollow pieces.



Below is my second attempt at the "inside out/outside in" project I was working on for class. I was actually quite happy with this one... it came out much more like my original idea/sketch than the first attempt.




And remember all the work I did on the "magic clay" testing? Down the drain... the underside cracked like crazy during the drying process! Oh well... it was a learning process... at least I know now what not to do. (Now I just have to figure out what to do!)


In other clay class news, I seem to have settled into the fact that from start to finish, it generally takes many weeks to get work back, and I feel I've been a bit more patient in that arena. I also started my Micaceous Clay class last week (see pots on the side bar from the class I took last fall)  but am not much liking the pot I'm working on. :(  Interestingly, I am finding the teaching styles & techniques from my previous instructor to the one I have now vary quite a bit, so it almost feels as if I am starting from scratch, and I'm not at all achieving the results I'd like! It's a "short session" class~ only once a week (all day) for 7 weeks, so I hopefully I'll get the hang of this different method soon. I want to make gorgeous big pots, not asymmetrical, lumpy ones! I'll keep y'all posted.
:)

8 comments:

Rick said...

Ah, that bear turned out very well ! And I like that "inside out/outside in" project - especially the first shot of it. Looks like you're learning quite a bit - patience, working with 'magic clay', more patience ... ;-)

Hey - sometimes asymmetrical isn't all bad either !

Keep it up, Becky !

Trevor Woodford said...

That is a lovely looking bear...some creativity here...

-Trevor

Randy said...

I love the bear, it really came out beautifully. I can't wait to see you finished Inside/out project and your micaceous pots. I hear your about the all day classes. It feels that way on Saturdays in the Media lab. Have a wonderful Friday!

marianne said...

nice work becky- i too love the bear and look forward to the new pots!

Barb said...

That woman emerging got GOOD - I like that you made her smiling, Becky! Your micaceous pots turned out so beautifully in the fall. I hope you like the new method of instruction. Learning patience is always good...

Annie said...

Love the bear and the inside out woman. So sorry about the paperclay! I know you were looking forward to the new class, weird that they would be teaching a different thing, but his way you will know more. Good luck with it!
I am going to try and call you this evening.
xoxo

Pat said...

The bear looks pretty good and the woman emerging turned out GREAT! Congratulations!

TheCunningRunt said...

Nice realization of the "inside-out" concept. And I love your Plain Old Bears, too!