COMPLEX FORMS


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Complex forms require planning and sometimes, weeks of your time depending on how complicated they are.  

So lets start with the planning stages.

t begins with a sketch. I wanted to have it look like a ribbon falling to the bottom of the vessel. I wanted the color change to be gradual and for the flow of colors to have movement.

Here is the final sketch of the pattern without any color choices. This is the actual size the pattern will be on the finished pieces. All the measurements have been made with allowances  for the shrinkage of the Southern Ice Porcelain.

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This is the color shift want to achieve, so the next step is to build a murrini loaf with these colors. In order to get this look, the loaf was built.









I created the large white and colored loaf. Once again I proved to myself that sketching a pattern with paper and pencils is a lot easier than executing the pattern with wet clay, slips and thin slices of color.


The final loaf will rest for days until it is evenly hydrated.  It's never a good idea to mess with it right away. 

large loaf

As you can see,  the outside looks terrible. I will not know what I have until I see an inside slice of it.

NEXT DAY ....

Here is the loaf with a slice in front. The pattern looks backwards in the shot but you just have to flip the slice to get right side around.

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BELOW are images of work on another pattern

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Once the pieces are assembled you gently drop it on all sides to work any air out of small pockets. Don't drop it hard enough to knock it out of shape though as you can get rid of small air holes when you roll out the slices.


HERE IS AN IMAGE OF A FINISHED PIECE FROM THE LOAF ABOVE

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For more options and information on coloring clay, look at the  WORKSHOP pages of my site to find a class near you. If there isn't one, consider recommending my workshops to an Arts Center in your area.


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