- access to a kiln or use air dry clay
- nails for cutting with
- wooden skewers
- little cups of water
- piece of canvas like fabric to work on
- rolling pin
- potting soil
- cat grass seeds, alfalfa seeds, etc. for hair
Roll out a clay slab about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut a long rectangle with a nail.
Cut a bottom out of remaining rolled clay. Trace around the outside of your cylinder.
Make a hole in the circle (bottom) for drainage in the finished pot.
To "glue" the cylinder to the bottom you want to scratch or score both pieces of clay where they will be attaching. Add a little bit of water with your finger.
Smooth the seam with your finger and a little more water if needed. Tap the pot on your work table lightly to ensure the bottom will be level.
Now we can start sculpting the face. We want this to look like our Dad so the students brought in photos or had them on their cellphones to use as reference. Start by molding the nose, attach a triangular shape to the pot and then round the tip and smooth the bridge of the nose.
Add the eyebrows. Roll out a thin snake.
Cut to desired length and attach smoothing into bridge of the nose. Make sure you scratch and moisten when "gluing" 2 pieces of clay together.
For the eyes you can form an outline using those thin snakes.
Cut little ovals out of some rolled clay for the eyeballs an attach inside the outline.
Make a mouth in the same fashion with thin rolled snakes and apply to the face.
You can add scratches to the eyebrows as well as extra clay to form the cheekbones and chin. Just make sure to tap the pot after making the chin to ensure that flat bottom.
Add ears. You don't want them to stick out too far or else they will just break off.
Finally add a 1/2 piece of newspaper crumpled up and place in pot to help it hold it's shape while drying. Remove the newspaper before firing.
That's it for now. I'll fire these pots in about 10 days or so when they are no longer cool to the touch. Stay tuned for part 2.
These are absolutely charming! What dad wouldn't love to get one of these! Your photos are great - easy to follow. I wish I had more time this year....maybe next year. Thanks for posting.
P.S. I just pinned it!
Rina at www.k6art.com
I wish I had access to a kiln. Maybe I will try it with air or oven bake type clay. These are adorable and I love how thorough your instructions are. I know how time consuming it can be to photograph and write up each step. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyDelete
Just wanted to tell you how adorable these are. Do you think the results would be the same if using air dry clay? We don't have a kiln. Also I have always admired your watercolor picture at the top of your site. It is so calming. Did you paint this? It is so beautiful.
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Truly great. Thanks for your tutorialReplyDelete