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arizabif
« on: June 01, 2004 06:59:37 AM »

I took a pottery class about 2 years ago, and this is one of the pieces I made.  It's my most favorite, and probably the only thing I made that came out halfway decent.  Wink

It was made by rolling out a flat slab of clay, and attaching coils and beads of clay to it.  It was allowed to dry, then fired, and then painted with acrylic paints, in various shades of blue, purple, and shimmery glitter paint!  The picture doesn't show the glitter at all, which is very sad.  It is far more shimmery and glittery in real life.     

It is about the size of a piece of printer paper, (8.5 x 11 inches, and about an inch high), and is HEAVY.  I had an idea to hang it on the wall, but it easily weighs 10 lbs, and I'm afraid it will break if I try to hang it.  Maybe one day I will have it professionally framed or something. 



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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2004 09:11:04 AM »

That is so beautiful.  Maybe you could get a plate stand to sit on.  You will need a real strong one though for 10 lbs.  Geez my baby weighs that much.   Cheesy
I love the colors.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2004 10:20:06 AM »

I love that piece so much!! Cheesy thats really nice. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2004 01:01:43 PM »

That is soo beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2004 02:16:44 PM »

I love the colours on that piece!
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2004 03:52:40 AM »

Those are totally cool and I must remember to try and make one myself the next time I get into my mom's studio.  Smiley
If you ever get the chance to make more, they would make totally awesome stepping stones for a garden and I'm sure they'd fetch a pretty penny if you ever decided to sell them. ^_^
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2004 05:06:32 PM »

whoa
when i first saw that..it blew my mind
i was like...
whoa

that is awsome!
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2004 06:19:14 PM »

I love it!!! Its so pretty!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2004 10:32:48 PM »

Thanks, everyone. Smiley 

It's a very tactile piece.  Definitely begs to be touched, and is meant to be. Smiley  The beads and coils are at differening heights, so I dont' know if that would work well for a stepping stone.  But that is definitely a cool idea.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2004 08:29:33 AM »

Maybe one of those picture ledges/shelves + a plate stand would let you put it on the wall. It is really lovely.
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2004 01:54:30 PM »

That's amazing! The colors are really pretty... Too bad it's too heavy to hang.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2004 11:07:37 PM »

gorgeous, nicely done
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2004 09:01:03 AM »

That is stunning.  It really has to be displayed.

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2004 06:39:03 PM »

That is fabulous!! I love the bubbles/beads..Due to the tactile nature and the weight of it, I would just put it on a coffee table so people could get all touchy feely with it. Lovely!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2004 03:51:01 PM »

I have made a number of wall hangings out of clay.
The best way to hang them up is to buy some heavy duty picture hangers, some hanging wire and a silicon based glue like Plumbers Goop. Glue the hangers to the piece and then attach the wire the way you would a larger framed picture. Then as long as your piece is hung into a stud or with an anchor it shouldnt go anywhere.

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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2004 12:46:34 PM »

Beautiful!

Would also work well as a trivet. Or you could actually plaster/grout it into the wall (should you buy a new house or redecorate in the near future Wink)
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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2004 04:23:56 PM »

I love it! Very Pretty!
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« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2004 06:11:13 PM »

This is so freaking awesome.  I'm taking ceramics as a summer class starting tomorrow.  Your piece has made me look forward to the class so much more.  I think that you should definatly get it framed.  I would.  It's so great. 
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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2004 04:05:37 PM »

That looks so beautiful! How long did it take you to make?

I'm currently in ceramics and now I'm inspired to do something like that! Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2004 04:35:19 PM »


 these picture hangers hold up to 30lbs I believe.  they make ones that you can put in 3 nails too which hold more weight.  you can glue the picture wire onto the back, I would recommend J-B weld, you can get that at home depot too. it will hold for about forever. its awesome.
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« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2004 09:44:38 AM »

arizabif, that is absolutely beautiful.  They make wall hanging stuff that will hold very heavy items.  If you find a stud in your wall, and hang it from that, you shouldn't have any problem hanging it on your wall.
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2004 05:48:23 AM »

That is beautiful! I have worked with clay pretty much all my life! I love making sculptures to hang on the walls! What I do is get some brackets of some sort, I think the picture hanging D rings would work well on your piece because it's flat. You would want to get the big heavy ones! And epoxy them to the back, one on each side near the top corners, but low enough that you won't see them when looking straight on...let it dry and cure for a full 2 days just to be sure they won't come off! Then, tug on the D ring a bit to make sure it's on there really good! If  it seems to move at all (which it shouldn't, but if there's not enough epoxy or it's moved a lot while curing, it may not be very stable) take some more epoxy and use a toothpick or a small straw to go around the edges really good and seal across the top of the plate of the D ring really good and let it dry and cure again! Once it's dry, you can hang it on the wall! You can put picture hanging hooks in the wall and hang the D rings on them, or you could put picture hanging wire threw the D rings and hang it by the wire. If you do not know how to put a picture hanging wire on the right way, so it doesn't come loose over time, Do not try it! I worked in a frame shop for a while and that is the only reason I attach picture hanging wire to my work! If you get the heavy duty D rings, they are sturdy enough with the epoxy to hang on the wall. The problem with having something like that professionally framed is that you will spend a lot of money and over time the weight of it will basically break the frame! Most frames are just wood with wood glue and a few small metal brackets holding them together! They are fine for photos and the similar but anything wieghing 10 pounds or so will not hold up as well as you'd like! Hope this helps!
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2004 05:19:35 AM »

Hey, wow, I didn't realize this thread was still kicking, or I would have responded sooner!

It probably took 5 hours to make.  Not sure, as it was a few years ago.  I just kept the clay moist with wet newspaper and then wrapped it up in a plastic bag from the dry cleaners.  For some reason, that thin plastic works really well to keep moisture in clay, better than thicker plastic. 

Thanks for the compliments. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2004 06:10:15 AM »

that is such a beautiful piece!!!! I have made some relief sculptures like that before, and they really look great if you get them professionally framed. that piece is so pretty that I think it would definitly be worth the money to frame it...something that nice should be on display all the time.

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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2004 01:54:36 PM »

Who says you have to make pots with pottery skills! I think it's a really pretty piece and must be shown off
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2005 01:18:46 AM »

Hi
I've recently started a pottery class and am looking for some ideas - so far I've done a couple of bowls in moulds which have been ok, and one bowl from layers of slip, then carved. Apart from that I've done lots of car bowls!!!

Please someone, give me some inspiration!! I'm good at copying, but not at coming up with ideas!!
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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2005 07:27:43 AM »

It would be cool to make a set of tiles in different colors, or tones with that idea of the coils and bubbles.  IT is very cool looking!  It makes me really want to play with clay right now. 

It would so cool to tile a wall with that, but probably smaller versions of course.  =D

Liquid Nails is really great for hanging heavy duty things too, its like glue-nails.  or something. 
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2005 08:40:49 AM »

when I took ceramics, there was a manequin torso that somebody had brought in for us to use, and I was the only one that ever really made use of it, but this is one of the sculptures I made...


The title of this one is Venus. The body I made by wraping slabs of clay around the manequin and waiting until it was leather hard (not completely dry but dry enough to hold it's shape) and I cut down the sides to take it off the mannequin and then put it back together with slip. The breast I made into drawers, which is kind of dificult to explain, and all the decorations where added after the final firing! Part of the back/side broke, but only like a layer of clay broke off, so it has this really cool texture on part of it! This one had the most work done to it. All the others are fairly simple but imaginative! (I was always the crazy one in class!)  Cheesy
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