Today I picked up my dragon (#24), as well as the final items from the Clay Sampler Course. Here is my dragon, "Shadow Splash", from a couple of different angles... Straight on :
She is a very special girl for me. I was very pleased to be asked if I would lend her to a student exhibition at Shadbolt in Sept/Oct 2014. Of course I would be honoured. I hope she will actually be displayed, since she is quite large, some 3 to 4 feet once set up. Stay tuned whether this goes ahead.
Here are some views of her head. I am very pleased with the result :
My other pieces from the course are not nearly as spectacular. But I was happy to pick them up as well.
#28 in my previous course. I learned from that one to set the button feet further apart, so the bowl won't slump onto the kiln shelf. I also spent more time smoothing the rough edges of the Davidii leaves on the outside edges. But the colours turned out pretty similar. I again used Matt Green glaze. This time adding Deep Blue into the bottom part also, although much of it appears to have sunken into the Matt Green, leaving only hints of the blue behind. On the back of the bowl, I pressed cedar branches, and highlighted these with Khaki before dipping in the Matt Green glaze, but this also shows up only faintly. But it does create an interesting, if not recognizable, colour pattern on back. I'm not sure which one I like better. Both are fairly good, but still don't capture the essence of the Davidii leaves, because the texture is lost in the glazing.
I also picked up the first 2 items from my summer drop-in sessions, which were finished and unloading from the kiln today. I'll post photos soon.