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I have been busy- and successful!- in the last two weeks. I am working on a number of long term projects that take months to go from concept to fruition. There are a couple of things I have been spending lots of time on that I do not want to show you. One is the "top secret" project I have mentioned previously. There is a cryptic picture concerning that endeavor further down the page. Another is a new technique that I am hoping will produce a stunning visual result.
OK, onward. First, this picture is NOT what you think. (Tsk, tsk, such imagination.)
Those things above are for turning out these little pots that...
are being used like so. That is all I can say. And show. Sorry, "top secret."
I have to make a snake pot, or two, or three every year. So far, this big urn is the start of the first (and only?) this year.
Add a couple of snakes...
and a bunch of frogs and "walla" you have one big, heavy piece of scuplture.
Another side project has to do with "Moby Dick." I won't tell you to what ends I am doing this. I have a distinct purpose in mind, but then again, I may change my mind.
I may have mentioned before that I intend to make a tile for each chapter of "Moby Dick." Since there are 135 chapters, that means it is a mutli-year project. I am not proceeding very quickly (and the project may never come to fruition) but I am doing drawings for many of the chapters in my spare time. Here are three drawings. I like to draw, though I am much more comfortable working in 3-D- that is-pot-or-ee.
Here is a sketch for chapter 14 with the notes.
And one for the chapter where Ahab tosses his pipe overboard because it "no longer soothes."
I am excited about these floriform vases that will have a hollyhock or hibiscus theme.
I am making but the last two weeks have been primarily spent on longer term projects. Now I have to get back to producing pots like these.
I am still making some asian shapes. This is going to be a red onion pot.
And for what it is worth, here is a hint of a project I am spending a lot of time on. It BETTER work out. Everybody is going to need one of these. (Can I possibly make enough of them???)
And on a final note about things "working out," I think I may have figured out how to make these tiles so they survive the process. I finally had one- one out of twelve- make it through the bisque. Now, can they go up another 500 degrees and survive the glaze firing? Stay tuned.