August 17, 2012
So, Its been a while. I have spent the last six weeks on my ceramics "PROJECT" , we will call it. The intent is for it to be a bird feeder/house. It took about 50 lbs of clay, mostly slab work, and is by no means, the full extent to what was "supposed" to be. However, time is a constant enemy to me, and I had to come to a stop, a finishing point. Even still, my class is long past over,, and I have yet to Bisque fire, glaze, and fire again. But I felt compelled to share what I've been up to.
If all goes well, should be finished by September, after Labor Day. I went to check on it today, but it was being Bisque-fired, and it makes me nervous. I think its terrifying because 80% of this project was WAY over my head, WAY beyond my meager skills, and I just don't have enough experience to know what I'm doing or what to expect. I was hoping to get some assurance today, so I could finally get some sleep and stop dreaming about the darn thing (Dreamt it was bisque fired wrong and melted in parts...) But no, I will have to wait. Luckily , My instructor, Peter Quinn, is amazing, and has been working in ceramics and sculpture for 25 years or more. Look him up in Philly if you can, amazing work..
So anyway, the bird house/feeder, is about 15" wide, 25" tall (Before firing). It was inspired by various buildings, and was not intended to look like a mosque. (Its a Cathedral....ish) All work was done with Slabs, or the Extruder (and a few little pieces on the wheel) The intent is for bird to nest below. The tower's dome comes off, and has a hook inside, to hang bird seed , and birds can perch and peck to their hearts content.
Well, hopefully it goes all well. I havent decided on a glaze yet, and would appreciate suggestions. Its pretty much limited to Forest Green, Charcoal, or Brick Red Colors. Cant DECIDE......