Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Sow Jumped Over the Moon

The first moon sculpture I made called "Tired Old Moon"  fired nicely, but my (lack of) glazing ability left him looking too mottled for me. I decided to make another moon sculpture but added a little fat pig and called this one "The Sow That Jumped Over the Moon." I will wire the fat little piggy so it arches up and jumps over the yawning moon. This moon turned out bigger than I intended and needed newsprint stuffing for form, propping, some drying to the leather hard stage and special support before I could begin the detail work. I used a ^04 Raku Clay. I just might have to ask my friend Gina if we can have a Raku day...


Here is a picture of new stamps I ordered. The folks at The New Printers Workshop who made me the stamps did a 
great job. I have a couple of more simple chops made from potters plaster as well, and some simple stamps, but wanted a stamp with my Nautilus and name on one. There are a few sculptures where I'd like my name stamped on them and not just the mark. Though not traditional for clay purists, I've found that customers who are not familiar with various marks appreciate being able to easily read who the artist is that made the piece.

3 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Love that moon, how big is it? The photo makes it look so large. I have found most folks like the name written out on pieces too.

cindy shake said...

Hi Linda! The moon is quite large- he is about 17 inches tall and about 5 inches wide at his face. I think because of his size it is why I had a bit of trouble forming him. I ended up putting the moon shape over a 5 gallon bucket to dry a bit so I could form him better.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

holy cats I love pigs AND your work, you're my new best buddy....