At the beginning of the month, Sue gave us all the theme challenge of sunflowers. Perfect for this time of year! We love growing sunflowers, although ours were a bit late being planted this year, they’re ready to go in to bigger pots this weekend. The kids have great fun seeing who can grow the tallest and it’s amazing to see how high they will grow.
I had an automaton I was working on before the Flame Off which I had to put aside, so I saw this as a perfect chance to finish it off.
I wanted to combine clay sculpting with wood. The flowers, leaves and hare are all made from earthenware clay and decorated with acrylics. The base is hollow beech and houses the cog mechanism to turn the flower and leaves.
And here it is working…
As I only had to decorate and put this together I decided to have a go at something else made just for the challenge. I threw a pot with a leaf lid for a raku firing. The idea was to have a short poem running around the base with sunflowers at the top.
The first line of the poem was drawn in to slip on the pot and it went in for a naked raku firing.
Unfortunately though, Raku is fickle and the pot was not to be. I think I needed a thicker layer of slip on the bottom as the smoke got through and spoiled the lettering.
It’s still wet and hasn’t been cleaned properly so still looks a bit grubby, but you can hopefully see some of the effect I was looking for…. as well as a small child that was determined to be in the picture!
I’m going to refire it, the black is just smoke from the reduction bin, so I can heat it again and erase the design. Hopefully I’ll get it on the next try!
Thanks to Susan for a great theme. To see what the rest of the team plus guests have created follow the links below 🙂
Caroline << You are here.