Wow! Aren’t these clay flowers just beautiful?
I took a workshop with Michael Harbridge at the 2016 Midwest Ceramic Show in Dayton and made the flower on the left. It is HUGE and very heavy, too.
Here is mine, still in the plastic bowl and waiting to dry for a week before firing. Then I can paint it and re-fire. When finished I will post another picture. It will look lovely in my garden.
Parents have asked for something the kids can make with clay. We have plans to create a smaller version of this flower for the kids to make. It will require two sessions–one to build and another to paint after it is fired. Watch for an upcoming workshop announcement.
- It starts with a block of clay.
- Break off a piece and press or roll out petals the right size for your bowl.
- Place a rubber texture pad under and over the petal and press to make designs on both front and back of the petal.
- Press into the bowl, make more petals, and overlap.
- Add slab of clay for the bottom and press together at the seams
- Make one or two more rows of smaller petals
- Finish by adding round tubes in the center (use extruder or roll by hand)
- Dry thoroughly
- Fire greenware
- Paint with concepts
- Fire again
WATCH FOR MORE CLAY PROJECTS IN THE FUTURE.
WE ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING & SHARING NEW TECHNIQUES.
Some projects from the 2017 Midwest Ceramic Show clay classes. Watch for our new CLAY CLUB coming soon. We are still waiting for Jim’s pieces to dry enough to fire, then he will glaze them and we will decide on dates to start sharing clay projects with you.