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« on: May 24, 2013 09:05:08 PM »

This is actually 3 projects that evolved to be one. 

I made the chain first simply because I was told I wouldn't be able to do it with clay.  Bet me?  It was both fun & frustrating getting the links made from fresh clay & putting tiny bits of paper between each one to separate them until they dried.  Rather than lift such a fragile piece into the kiln, I made a little tray for the chain to rest on & go in as one piece.

After the chain, I made the hand, looking at my own as a model---my left because I'm left handed.  The backside lays flat on the table.  It wasn't until I finished it that I considered putting the 2 pieces together.  The broken chain with the hand has become a symbol of the mind released from the bonds of tradition & allowed to be creative.

The dish came last & is the only part I'm not totally pleased with.  I like the overall shape & the little hump in it but didn't think it thru well enough.  The ruffled look around the edge doesn't go well with the rest.  I want to make another dish but haven't yet decided what would be best.  Perhaps make the rim smoother & turn the edges down towards the table in places?  The edge higher on one side?  Suggestions?

I added the colored sand to make the piece more cohesive.  White sounded best but didn't look right so I went with the charcoal/black.

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