1. What did you make and how did you create it? Explain your process and technique.
I made an owl tray. I first had to smack the clay against the floor to get rid of all the air bubbles, then I flattened it out so it was ready for carving. I used a pencil to outline the owl and then I used a sharp tool to cut it out of the clay. I then used a dull pencil to trace the design inside of the owl. I used under glaze to cover the whole owl shape. I then used the sharp tool, that we used on the linoleum, to carve out my design. I went back over the tree with a wider carving tool to give it more texture. Then we put the piece in the kiln and when it came out I glazed the tree and owl on the inside of the piece with a light brown, then proceeded to re-underglaze the rest of the owl. It went back in the kiln and came out finished!
2. What inspired you to create the piece?
I love owls, as everyone knows, and I wanted an owl tray. I thought putting an owl on the inside of the owl would be a clever idea.
3. What do you think is most successful about your piece? What might you change if you were able to make it again?
I really think the texture of the tree was the most successful part. If I were to do this again I would add more detail to the owl and smoothen the owl’s stomach a little more.
4. Would you sign up for Sculpture class?
Yes I would, I really loved working with the clay.