Thursday, June 11, 2009

Creating Ceramic Crosses


My latest project is underway! In the last week, I've created TWENTY ceramic crosses from hand rolled slabs of white stoneware clay. First I used a template to cut them into the same shape. Then as they began to dry out, I stamped each of them with one of my hand carved ceramic stamps. I used different stamps for each one, so I now have 20 original design ideas!

Twelve of them are already bone dry (which means they are ready to go into the kiln), but the remaining eight have a day or so left till before I can load them for their first (bisque)firing. And the twelve little ponies have been waiting patiently for temperature to start rising...(kind of like I've been waiting patiently for the warmer summer temperatures here in the midwest!!)



Within the week, they should all be glazed and ready to load into the kiln for their final firing! Which glazes will I use?
Turquoise...Chun Plum...Seaweed...or something else? Only time will tell!!















Hmmmmm....I can't wait to see the final results! I'll keep you updated! Thanks for visiting, and till next time...


6 comments:

Emily said...

I like the crosses Jean and ALL the glazes! Hard decisions! :)

DJ said...

Jean, these pieces are wonderful! You've been a busy sculptress, my friend. I can't wait to see the results. Opening the kiln is always like Christmas, isn't it?
Whee.

DJ said...

Oh, I almost forgot to ask...Your crosses: Are they pendant size? Or larger?
...Just making a mental Christmas list...as a giver or a receiver remains to be seen! lol~

Jean said...

Hi Dj :) They are about 3 x 5 right now. They will shrink a bit when I fire them though. I'll let you know when they come out :) It is just like Christmas!!!

ruthie said...

beautiful! it sure looks as though you are having fun! i love working with clay, though haven't done anything for a long while

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow, having tried some ceramics, I know how difficult it is to get such perfect crosses! I luv your little ponies too! Busy busy...