Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Good Shepherd..

I have signed up to do an art show/festival later this month. This will be the first time the pottery here will be leaving the property, so the goal has been to throw and glaze as many pots as possible this month. So, with that in mind, I'm already off track and on to something else! lol.

This little sculpture of Christ was to be a flowerpot. I had thrown a few small mugs, pots and was just struggling with everything. I decided it was not a day for throwing, so I just "coned" the clay up and began to add clay and shape it into a rough figure. As the clay started to harden, I continued to add a few details.

This is the first time I've tried this. so I'm not sure if this is the proper way? I saw something on one of those 'creative channels a few years ago where a gal sculpted and when the clay was at leather hard stage, she took a wire (i used thread) and cut the figure in half and hollowed out the center so that it would dry evenly.

After both pieces were hollowed out, I scored the edges and sealed them back together and now I'm just waiting to see what happens. In a few places, it was a bit thin, and it might crack during the drying process, or in the kiln, but like everything, it will be a learning experience either way.
If this works, I have some ideas i'm excited to try, shepherdess and lambs - shearing sheep, etc. But for now, back to making and glazing pots....


  1. I'm impressed and can't wait to see how it turns out. You are so clever!

  2. I breed Polish Tatra Sheepdogs and was looking at your blog. What type of dog is Roscoe?
    Donna G

  3. Nancy, Sara, thanks for the nice comments. Donna, our Rosco is a pyreneese. I will have to check out your blog, I don't know anything about the Tatra Sheepdogs, sounds interesting!