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11  Pit-Fired, Burnished "Dream" Pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Velvetdragon on: March 01, 2009 05:11:56 PM
This was made with low fire red clay. I made it using the coil method, then burnished it while leather hard with a polished agate. It shimmers! I was going for a "primitive" look, since it was made with a primitive method. I poked holes in it and then it was pit-fired.

Once it was fired, I took artificial sinew (waxed fiber) and wove a dreamcatcher into the top. I included some vertebrae woven to the edge. Inside, I put a jawbone and a vertebrae before I wove the top. The beads are semi-precious stone chips (picture jasper and, unfortunately, I've forgotten the other; an opaque, light green stone).

The bones were all found in the forest, no animals were harmed or farmed!

It was raining when I took the photos, so those are the dark spots and streaks. XD

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12  Hungry Baby Bird in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Velvetdragon on: February 23, 2009 09:52:00 PM
This is a mixed media piece, but I think the polymer clay hatchling is really the focus.

This was part of an assignment for my first term of ceramics. The nest is stoneware, fired to cone 10 reduction with rutile and black stains. It is decorated with moss, lichen and feathers (found on the floor, no birds were harmed or farmed for them).

The bird is polymer clay with acrylic stains. It's hungry! It's about life-sized (pretty darn small!). It's my first polymer clay sculpture. I made some mistakes, but I like it. When I said I was making a baby bird, people said, "Oh, I bet that's cute!" I had to shake my head and say, "Actually, it's kind of creepy."

Sorry the photos are kind of crummy, I just rigged some cardstock and only had one light. I really need some sunny days to get some good photos of my other pieces.

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