We played with extruding again. I finished off some of last week's pieces. Two of them will become garden sculptures. I'm looking forward to those ones (although I forgot to take a photo, again). I may not have much room in my house and cupboards for more ceramics, but I still have a LOT of space in my garden. :-)
A lot of people were extruding cylinders. Our instructor, Linda, suggested we could make a pitcher. I've just finished a course on handles, and another on pots that pour, so I have enough mugs and pitchers and teapots for a while. I can't remember what my classmate, Debbie, said, that triggered the idea, but suddenly I had to make some bent cylinders, and create a sort of ogopogo or sea monster for the garden.
By the end of class and the open workshop, I had a body and tail I was very happy with, with a reasonably well done scale texture (it was hard to press the bent shapes to texturize them, but I managed okay), and a row of spines along the back :
Then the hardest part: creating a head. I have a neck formed, in much the same way as the back parts. But the head proved elusive today. First I started with one of the larger cylinders I had extruded, and tried darting (one of the techniques Linda was teaching us today) to shape it. It didn't seem to be getting the result I wanted, so I have wrapped that attempt in plastic, and shelved it. Parts of it (maybe the lower jaw) may still be useful :
Next I attempted to just create the top of the head, which I will figure out how to add to the neck later. This attempt seems to be promising, but I ran out of time before I could make much progress :
I am visualizing a dragon head something like this one, although I am not copying anything in particular, just making it up as I go along (image from the internet) :
I was pleased that Sharon Reay (a wonderful ceramic artist, and I believe she is currently the ceramics arts programmer at Shadbolt Center - if she ever teaches a course, I hope I will be able to take it!) came by as I was working on the creature. I consider her a dragon ceramics expert. This is the type of sweet dragons she creates (photo from the internet) :