The little penguin is looking more like a penguin now that I have sketched a line around his belly, which I plan to glaze with crackle glaze. The remainder will be left unglazed, so will turn black when placed in the combustibles.
I didn't want to leave class with no new pieces, so I took advantage of some little plate-making molds provided by my classmate, Bev.
They work like magic. You cut a slab a bit bigger than the moulds, and clean up the edges. Then you place the slab on a thick foam, and press it with the mould. The process was really quick. In about 10 minutes I had 3 plates to show for my efforts :
I have only 1 more piece to trim, but ran out of time, since I couldn't stay for the drop in session. I had an appointment to go to, and since I had some spare time in between, I stopped by my 14-year-old's District (city) track meet, to offer him a ride home, and was very happy to be able to watch his last race, a 4x400 meter race. He was amazing, and led his team to victory. But not only that, I found out that he had won all 5 of his short and middle distance events that day. So he advances on to the next level. Wow, the fastest boy in his grade in our city. I am so proud. I can take no credit for his ability whatsoever, but I was so excited for him and proud.
Anyhow, back in the pottery world... I have also 1 sculptural piece still at home. I was going to keep her a secret, but I have to share a sneak peek. I am hoping to finish her dress with a glitzy / iridescent glaze, and let the rest of her turn black in the raku firing.
She's not very beautiful, but she has a great dress. I think I'll name the sculpture "Princess for the Evening".