Friday, July 29, 2011

My first attempt at working with clay

I had previously taken Joyce Diveley's clay camp for grown ups and learned the basics of working with clay.  We made a bowel, a vase and I opted to make a fairy house and a doll face.

After they had dried, we went back to add the glazing and then she fired them in the kiln.  We just got the call that they were ready to pick up.  I could hardly wait to see how they turned out.  This is the view from the back.
My favorite project was the fairy house.  It turned out better than I had hoped.

This is a closeup of the sides and detail throughout.

Our other project was to make a bowl.  

I wanted to keep this as simple as possible and had no thought of liking it. So I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed it.

Who would have thought?

Our third project was to make a vase.  

I had purchased one of these from her previously as I liked the abstract design, so it felt threatening to try to replicate the design.

It turned out well enough but I wish I had used bolder colors instead of staying with the neutral tones of brown.  Oh well.

My last project was to create a small doll face.  I just wanted to play with making facial features before I let go of the clay.  

After completing this last attempt, I'm excited about trying to make faces with paper clay.  Using that medium won't require a kiln.

Now I'll need to create a body for her.  Maybe I'll try that using the paper clay soon.

Long Live the Queen of Clay


  1. Congratulations on your weight loss achievement. I give you lots of credit for sticking with it. As for your clay projects, great job! My favorites are the fairy house and the vase. I wish we had a camp like that around here for adults. It sounds like a lot of fun. Have a great day, hugs, Edna B.