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Wendy Cevola 11/19/17 Day Five on the Big Island of Hawaii I kept forgetting to change this title
Beachbumz
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Posted: 2011-09-28 9:54 pm   Permalink

Awesome Wendy.. Looks Great! Now lets see those bowls.. aloha

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-29 08:55 am   Permalink

Hi Q-tiki, thank you and welcome to my thread. All of my art photos are on my Gallery Thread. Wendy in the title and danlovestikis as the author.

Hi Vamp, thank you. I did the sign for our Sacramento Crawl next week.

Hey Mike you always make my day.

Ok, here goes. The first bowl I've made went to Gecko in Hawaii. He's eventually going to make the set in red dirt to look like Treasure Craft. I'm doing the version with the hand painted women and different bowls. I'll be experimenting with different styles.

This is the bowl that went to Gecko.




#1 Step by Step

A bag of clay is as air pocket free as you can hope for. So I did not kneed it. I started by dropping the bag on its corners to round it.


I did it to each corner.


Bag removed.


Next I rotated it on the table to further round it.


Using my thumb I pressed the clay forward and into these areas. I was extremely careful to not introduce air pockets. I don't want explosions in my kiln.


Using a wire I cut the angle for the bottom.


I set the removed clay into a bag to keep it from drying out. I picked this up and flipped it over and onto a rotating wheel. I can't recall what they are called but you can see it at the top right of the screen.


I had an idea of how large I wanted the mouth so I used these potters cookie cutters to map it out.


There are different sizes. They actually started the first cuts into the clay.


Using another cutting tool I began to scoop out the clay I needed removed.


The basic mouth is carved out.


Now I went to work on the design. I forgot to take photos of how I pressed my thumbs into the clay behind the head. I did this until I was able to form a platform for the Missionary's Downfall woman.

I added a tongue, nose, eye slits and a triangle at the top of the head.


Once it has dried to leather hard I will be removing more clay. It's important to have all the walls the same thickness so when fired the bowl will not crack. There are many thick areas in this design that will require clay removal.

Since the back platform is soft I backed it up to a bag of clay for support while it dries. I will make the bottom of this platform level for the woman when it is dry.


I will uncover the bowl for a couple of hours and then uncover for a couple. This will go on until it is completely dry. As soon as it's stable I'll start to remove the excess clay.


Comments?

Soon I'll start on bowl #2. Cheers, Wendy



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WestADad
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Posted: 2011-09-29 2:56 pm   Permalink

WOW! This is going to be cool!

Love your work!

Chris
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-09-29 5:42 pm   Permalink

Very cool Wendy, will each bowl be a one-off or will you make a mold?

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2011-09-29 7:43 pm   Permalink

I love this piece and can't wait to see it finished. Your artwork is very fresh and colorful.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-29 9:20 pm   Permalink

Hi WestADad, MadDogMike and hiltiki, Each bowl will be a 1/1 as are the women. No molds this time around. It's fun to make something big. I'm thinking up the next bowl design and when my brain is ready I'll start #2. Thank you for all your comments that make it all worth while to post the photos. Cheers, Wendy

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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-01 3:21 pm   Permalink

The bowl is firming up to leather hard. So today I removed more clay to make the thickness of all areas the same. I fine tuned under the tongue so that it doesn't blend into the bowl.




Removing the clay.


Oh No! I forgot to put a piece of plastic wrap on my banding (thank you MadDogMike) wheel before I set the bowl on it.


So I used a tool and cut it lose and smoothed it for now. When it is leather hard I'll remove clay here too.


With the girl checking level.





Fine tuning the tongue.






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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-02 3:57 pm   Permalink

Today I decided to work on the bottom of the Missionary's Downfall bowl and to make a lid for Bullet's Simpson's cookie jar which is good practice for some future project.

I always save foam rubber from packing boxes to use to support my soft clay sculptures. I used a couple of bags of clay to keep them from slipping away while I work the clay.


The bottom of the tiki bowl was lumpy and I needed to smooth it.


This ruler was perfect. I just pulled it along the bottom and it removed all the bumps.


I used a tool with a point to write The Missionary's Downfall, my name and the copy write date. I will need to go back when the clay is dry to deepen and fine tune these words.


For Bullets cookie jar I decided to make a huge chocolate chip cookie with a smaller one stuck on top for the handle.


after I formed the dome I carved out the inside with a tool.


I've added the chips. That's a photo of Dan's dad. He posed for a police magazine in the 60's.


Close up of the worried cookie addict. The lid is larger than the hole with a ledge. It will shrink as it dries. Then I will sand it to fit and also to leave enough room for the glaze. Figuring all of that out and making it work is the hard part.

I think I need a chocolate chip cookie about now. Cheers, Wendy









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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-02 4:52 pm   Permalink

And a well deserved cookie at that, great work!

On a related note, now that I'm doing all the cooking in the house I notice my son and I go through more chocolate chip cookies than we do fresh vegetables
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-10-02 5:58 pm   Permalink

Love these step by step pics Wendy!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-03 7:46 pm   Permalink

Thanks MadDog, I prefer chocolate chip cookies to fresh vegetables too.

Thank you zerostreet. I love posting photos that are step by step and I love looking at them too. Especially yours and MadDogs! Oh and little lost tikis and...

Sometimes clay just tells you what to do. I had these two pieces that I had cut off the last bowl. So I started to play with them.


I started by making a back wall.


Then I made a wall in front of that one to form a bowl and platform for the Missionary's Downfall woman.


When I connect two pieces of clay I use slip as glue. It helps to eliminate air bubbles. I press into place and smooth.



I made the clay into rocks with my fingers inside and out. I have more to do on this bowl and I'll share photos then. Right now I need it to firm up.


This will be really fun to glaze. #3 next up!


All the decanters are packed and ready to go on the Sacramento Crawl this weekend.


We love the crawl. I will post photos on the crawl thread after the festivities. Cheers, Wendy

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-03 7:56 pm   Permalink

Very unique bowl Wendy - I like it!

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-10-04 05:27 am   Permalink

Very cool bowls Wendy... I can't believe you are making each one by hand and different...that is a lot of work, but I love seeing them all and the step by step progress.

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2011-10-05 09:10 am   Permalink

Love Love Love
that Maori-inspired tongue-wagger bowl!
you are such a brilliant lady!
I'm always amazed when i visit your thread!


 
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-10 09:34 am   Permalink

Aloha Wendy,

I have just read your post and am amazed by not only your talent(which I was already aware of)but, your detailed tutorial. I love your tips and visuals to make it all come to life. I've learned so much from you and just wanted to say MAHALO! Wishing you much success with all your projects.

Cheers,
Linda


 
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