Trying out titles for one of the two new boats we will show at the Ann Arbor Original Art Fair in less than two weeks. I’ve had to put aside my clay Earth Goddess work for a while–since it is not a collaborative piece we can’t show it in the shows we’ve juried into this year. A previous blog tells more about her and she is half painted and waiting. In the meantime I’ve been making clay roses to be placed in a long, sleek boat. Here are some drying before firing.
After making 30-some roses, they must be left to dry for a considerable time–I error on the side of caution and left mine for about 3 weeks.
It’s a 48 hour wait for the firing and complete cool down. Opening the kiln before it is cooled completely can cause thermal shock, cracking and spoiling the sculpture. In the meantime, I’ve crackled the boat that Robin carved into which I will arrange these roses after they’re painted. Here’s the boat before I began painting it.