earth and metal 4.20.2016

I found a rusting, flat piece of metal on the street a couple months ago, and thought it’d look great on a ceramic piece. Because I wanted a large, flat area to display the metal, I built this vase out of rolled-out clay slabs. On newspaper, I sketched out a design, folded it in half and cut it out, paper doll style, so the design would be the same on both sides. I had to remember to allow for about 10 to 15% clay shrinkage during the kiln firings. After laying the cut-out newspaper design on the flattened clay, I cut the design out, and put the clay pieces together one by one. Here’s the final piece before the first bisque firing.

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The glaze is one dip in “copper blush” (which normally looks like shiny copper) and then a second dip in clear. This combo turns out to be a really cool ancient-looking glaze color that I thought would combine nicely with the rusty metal.

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The metal is glued on to the vase, AFTER the final firing, with super-glue.

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I absolutely love how this turned out! And now I’m on the hunt for more rust, so I can work more with earth and metal:)

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