This is one of those blog entries that I am not terribly proud to post. I have been working with clay over the past two months and the results have been mostly disastrous.
I first built a coil-construction pot and attempted to fire it in a bonfire. When I placed the bowl in a metal pot and put it in the fire, the metal disintegrated and subsequently the bowl.
I then tried to make a half-bowl dog-head effigy that could be mounted to the wall. I figured it might be delicate so I used a portland cement wash on the inside to give it greater structural support. When I dampened the outside of the bowl in order to apply color, fissures started to appear and the half bowl eventually Humpty-dumptied.
After failure, I visited the Katzen Arts Center where I saw this:
My latest foray with unfired clay is below. It’s an outside mobile made of vintage yoke/barn pulley weighted with a clay/coir slab and a basic anatomical figure.
After last night’s wind the slab of clay remains mysteriously intact!