I am exhausted, but had a wonderful weekend in a workshop with Linda Doherty, building Styrofoam hump moulds, and using them to build ceramic dishes / bowls / platters.
On Saturday, we made a huge pink mess cutting Styrofoam, first with a jigsaw, then using surform tools and sandpaper (and pieces of screen door), to form the moulds. We were each allowed to make 3 moulds, in 1", 2" and 3" material. I managed to work quickly and squeeze in a fourth one.
Here they are, at the end of day yesterday :
The two smaller moulds, I have covered in pantyhose / nylons, to protect the mould, and make it easier to pull out from inside the clay. For the bigger ones, I will either need to find bigger pantyhose (or use the body section, not the leg), or just sprinkle with cornstarch when I use them. Today I just sprinkled with cornstarch.
Today we rolled clay slabs, and tried out our hump moulds. There would have been enough time for finishing two of them, but most of us started three, and didn't finish them all. I was very happy to finish this serving platter, with a dragon scale / fish scale pattern to it :
Here is the platter from the bottom :
The other two platters, I still need to add an extruded rim (or at least clean up the edge, if I decide not to add a rim). Here they are from the back :
I don't have a photo of the inside/top, since I haven't flipped them over yet. That will be on next visit. But both will be textured inside, something like this :