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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Off The Hump

Was so tickled with this endeavor, i just had to share!
xxx Threw this "on the hump" and had a lot of fun with it.
Am not sure the photos show the "balance" of the piece - in actuality, it appears as it it will topple at any minute, yet it's very stable !!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
And very "sensuous" too! After it dried, sat looking at it for ever so long. From every angle it, appears to be a torso in motion! (Use your imaginations here!)
Haven't a clue what to name it!
Nor what colors would really make it stand out uniquely . . . .
Any ideas on what glaze schematics would work best ????
Here's to happy creative days


cynthia said...

It reminds me of a tornado - and you're right, it does look like it's ready to topple. Can't wait to see where you go with this!

chaetoons said...

Mornin' Cynthia
My son Tom came to visit yesterday and he said exactly the same thing !!!
For me, i see a pelican who's making an abrupt left turn to swoop back and catch the fish he missed . . . .
Haven't a clue what colors to use tho and my "palette" of colors isn't all that large yet in order to really do it justice creatively.
Will have to think upon this some more . . . .
Have a greatest day

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

I'm with Cynthia. That's the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

Very cool sculptural piece!

chaetoons said...

Mornin' Natalie
Seems to be the collective image! Possibly colors will make a difference.
Have been studying "Alternative Kilns + Firing Techniques" by Watkins + Wandless and perhaps one of their soda-firing techniques using ferric chloride spray will bring out more of the seagull/ocean colors.
Can hardly wait to try out some of their firing techniques!

Sue said...

Love it! Takes me down the Yellow Brick Road one moment and then I want to caress it the next. But I have no idea what throwing off the hump means.

chaetoons said...

Good Evenin' Sue
Thanks for the good words and yes! it's that kind of piece!
How to explain throwing off the hump . . . .
Generally, potters start with a lump of clay and use the whole lump to build an entire piece.
But when "throwing off the hump", one starts with a larger lump of clay and only use a portion of this lump. Several items can be formed from the same mound of clay.
In essence, it's building from the top down instead of from the bottom up, if that makes any sense.
It's really kind-of fun once you get the hang of it!