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I'm Your Moon! (This is my moon...)

Like I said a few posts ago, I got to do Raku again last Tuesday. I love Raku!! I made three things - an incense burner, a triangular coil-pot container thing, and the moon!! I'm so proud of my moon!!! The pictures never capture the shiny in the glaze but the first two are very coppery and brilliant. The moon is done with white crackle and while it is not shiny there is a gloss to it that gives it a very subtle luster. You don't see it except when the light hits it a certain way. I cannot get pictures to fully represent the 3D item, this is the best I could do:
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Moon's construction - I flattened a slab of clay and cut out a big circle then randomly used different sized bottles to make circles for impact craters which I hollowed out with a scraping tool. Next I used my needle tool to draw a bunch of tiny circles to represent smaller craters and added some pin-prick holes for more texture. I tried to mimic a pattern from a photograph of the moon but it ended up looking more like one of those spider craters on Mercury; I wasn't happy with them but I left them. After it dried and was bisque fired I put wax over my carvings because sometimes the glaze will obliterate smaller drawings. Next I splattered wax over particular areas of the piece for a few random splotted areas hoping it would look like additional craters or dark mares after it was fired. Then I accidently dropped the whole thing in the wax bottom-side down (thank God) and it splattered even more wax into places I didn't intend it to go. Whoops! After the wax dried I painted the piece twice with White Crackle - which stuck to the clay but not to the wax. I was sloppy about my painting so that some spots would have more glaze than others to make sure it would not be uniform and even. Once that dried we did the low-fire kiln and immediately moved the still-glowing pieces into my trashcan full of newspaper. My instructor and a fellow student advised me to try putting my flowers on the piece with a rock on top to weight it down and possibly burn their image into the moon but the fire rose so high I couldn't aim or put my weight down so I just tossed my dried daisies over it and slammed down the lid. It all worked out, though. This has become my new favorite piece! I love the dark areas, I love the craters, I love the spider craters, I love the coloring of the glaze, I love the shiny and dull areas, and two of my coworkers were even able to see the flower indentations.


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Apr. 6th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
"That's no moon"
- Obi-Wan (Epi.IV)
Apr. 7th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
LOL! That's one of the quotes I actually know! The Grease Wars song by Luke Ski taught me LOADS of Star Wars quotes. How sad is that? And I also know bunches just from being around you all. I think the boys in our group could carry on entire conversations using lines from those movies.

OH - and yes please for referral. I wasn't really able to process last night so what may have appeared to be disinterest or possibly even me ignoring you and Chelle was actually just loads of pain making it impossible to focus. So apologies if I came across as rude!!!! I will try to get a day off or something but with registration coming up I'm not sure how that will work... April/May are busy months for the college. Plus, I want to check in with my regular doctor and my insurance to see if they will cover it. I'll pay and gladly BUT if they will pay instead that means more money for GARF and Dragoncon!!! LOL!!
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