Steve Murphy taught a new, complicated technique for building a very cool vase. It is three parts thrown on the wheel that form a vase with an inner core for holding flowers and an outer body that can be carved for decoration. I threw two bowl forms--one for the top of the vase, one for the base. Those got fused together to become a large vase. Next, I lowered a column form down into the vase. Attached it carefully to the bottom and turned it at the top to adhere and form the collar of the vase. Finally, I carved out the outer body with fish and dragonfly shapes:
The piece is drying very very very slowly to prevent cracking and crumbling.
This was my first attempt at this project, which did not dry slowly enough:
It ended up like this:
Keeping my fingers crossed for the dragonflies!! It should get bisque fired in the next couple of weeks. I will post it again then...
Here is a fun project I've been working on. They are so sweet. They make me think of Ben and our neighbor in Silver Spring who would invite him over for tea parties when he was 3, 4, 5 years old. She would teach him about Jewish holidays and how to say the blessing over the wine in Hebrew. And he learned to put sugar scoops in his grape juice "tea"!