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Old 08-27-2008, 01:17 PM
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Yesterday i got to the guild thinking i would put the slip on him there since i had mixed up black and left an ample supply in both places, home and the guild.. I got there and i looked and looked. Frustrated because the piece is the right moisture content to adhere slip and it won't be by the time i get home, and it isn't there. I get out the weighted scale and get ready to mix up more...snarling to myself, go to the front to retrieve something and come back. I give the shelves a once more over and voila, there it is. Meaning that Beth the monitor saw me looking for it and realized that she had it in her private studio and put it back where she should never have taken it from in the first place. Oh the drama of beth and the guild.

So i went ahead and mixed up white, this requires following an exact recipe of grams and weighing it out on the scale then adding the right amount of water.,..the first time i added too much so i had to make a double batch.. which is how i ended up with enough black slip for the guild and for home in the first place. i am still new to so much of this.

then i mixed a small amount of red mason stain to the slip and applied to the dog's belly, then very carefully painted the rest of the slip on. Pic coming.

I made a few bones and put the slip on them too, set them out to be bisque fired

made a platform for this thing to rest on, and started dog number one in small scale. It will not be the same as the big dog i have done but i had to add a small horse. I coudn't resist

Kelly the other artist on the project stopped by and said she didn't know why she didnt' think of doing a model first, it makes more sense then a drawing.
She agreed to do her small pieces for this as well before we start the large one.

Besides slabbing out a copious amount of clay to make 27 tiles for a Catholic school, that was all i got done yesterday. Wish i could have had a pic of my Devil gargoyle riding home in the car. He fired without a crack..horrray..that was the big fire that is the make or break of sculpture. HE's huge!

WOrking large and small at the same time is totally mind bending.
I did feel very complimented by the way my teacher looked at my small finished dog. It was a good look, and one i won't forget for a long time. I did something..i learned something important and now i have it down.

Go Petie Go Go Who Go!

love comes in many directions with mary

Side by side on the sofa sat three annoyed dogs and one smug cat
and then in came a little white kitten,
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