I am working on a lot of projects at pottery at the moment. I have pretty much decided to proceed with my first idea for the lantern carving, the clematis growing on a trellis. When I got there, I realized that the lantern is not nearly as large as I remembered, so I will have only a few bars of trellis, and possibly 2 or 3 flowers on each side.
My teacher offered some sprig molds for the flower and the leaves, but neither were suitable. The flower since it has 5 petals, not 6 (I know, but I just had it in my head to create a clematis flower), and the leaf since it is too heavily veined and too large.
I did make some progress on my wind-swept house. I carved some windows (I ran out of time today, so will continue on next opportunity) and a door, and one of my friends, Carol Anne, suggested there should be some birds in the windows. So I decided it will be an abandoned house, with all the windows blown out, so the birds will be sitting on the windowsills.
I had a few pieces from last week which I finished today. One was a pot which I trimmed, but the shape was much too ordinary. Until I added a gecko to it :
I decorated this garden totem piece with drips of coloured slip (turquoise and black) :
I also threw 6 more pieces in Plainsman 570 white clay, so I will be trimming next week, and decorating them. I hope for a couple of them to be appropriate for the soda firing workshop which I'm signed up for in late July.
That was quite a bit of pottery in one day. I came home very tired, as seems to be the norm in this garden pottery class. And I didn't even lug my big lantern up and down the stairs. That would have really wiped me out.
Oh, I should add that I have been creating more maple leaf imprint vases, from two of my earlier pieces. I posted one already. Here is the other, in progress :