Snail Bamboo shrine  

rm_Almondnut 42F
318 posts
6/13/2005 6:02 pm

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Snail Bamboo shrine

I'm extremely pleased with how this shrine came out. I really made an effort to have good craftsmanship here. The piece is quite heavy for its size.

I'm very excited by the snail motif. There is such potential in glazing the snail shells - browns, mossy greens, hints of amber and gold.

I'm going to work on another one of these tomorrow.

rm_lovelyLady 64F
434 posts
6/13/2005 6:28 pm

You are quite the artist!
This is really beautiful!
I would Love to have this in my garden!

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/13/2005 7:53 pm

I can see the detail in this photo, I'm sure it's even more impressive in person and i'd like to see it when you get the glaze on
I'd be interested in the technique,too. I know next to nothing about clay work

rm_Almondnut 42F
115 posts
6/14/2005 6:58 pm

Ok, the specs on this:

1. used an extruder to make a lot of coils
2. Attached the coils together to form the base, curved wall, and roof.
3. hand sculpted the snails and attached them on.
4. added small coils of clay to form the bamboo "joins"

Oh, and I sketched this all out first. Can't really make something like this without a plan in mind

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/14/2005 9:30 pm

when you say "attached" do you mean wet, stick , and fire?

when you finish school where will you have access to kiln, wheel, etc?

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
6/16/2005 9:39 am

Would love to see a close up here too of the snails....looking forward to the glazing too.

I hadn't noticed the new pic of you!

rm_Almondnut 42F
115 posts
6/16/2005 12:19 pm

When I say "attached" I mean

- score surface with a pin tool
- apply a layer of silia ash water slip (something called 'magic goop' in our studio)
- score again
- use a paintbrush to add a layer of water
- press sides together

When I finish my BFA, then I'm going on to my MFA. While i'm working on my MFA, my goal is to work on buying a kiln for a home studio. I currently already own a used wheel and a full set of tools. Other stuff for a studio can be done without..or made by hand (pour plaster for a wedging table, use buckets for a clay recycling area) Truthfully, for the kind of handbuilding I do, all I really need is clay, a sturdy table, and a pin tool.

missy973 47F

6/21/2005 1:18 am

It looks great. Good job.

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