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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Alcoholic Monsters: Absinthe and Midori on: May 03, 2011 11:42:56 PM
I've already put up a couple of posts of some of the monsters I've made. (Here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364213.msg4276220#msg4276220 and here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354778.msg4148786#msg4148786)  Getting around time that I want to share a couple more with all of you, get some more feedback (not quite ready for bed yet  Wink ).

Almost all my monsters start as pinchpots; in fact, most of those pinchpots are really just me playing with the clay, trying to come up with an idea, and then getting surprised by what comes out.  Such is the case with Absinthe:

She was fired in September of '09, and probably glazed by the middle of October, in time for my ceramic studio's open house of the season.  All the coloring is done with a variety of underglazes, and finished off with a barely-there high fire clear.  (Our kiln goes to a Cone 5 High Fire.)

She's a little neurotic (and makes me a little neurotic, with those long, fragile-looking legs!) but I have to admit that she's probably my favorite monster yet.  (Just don't tell my other babies.)

Next up is Midori.  He's cute, but sometimes I feel like there should be something more to him. 

However, I think he's kind of just like a midori sour: sweet enough that just about everyone can stomach him, even the most squeamish.

Midori's dated July '09.  High summer in San Francisco ... which means cold, fog, and gloom.  (Maybe a little exaggeration there, but not by much.)  I think I was trying to call upon the heat of the savannah with my little lion booze-monster.

By the by, photos are all done by my fabulous friend Angela, when she was visiting me from Nashville.

Comments, compliments, criticism are all welcome.  I love making my monsters, but I'm starting to fear that they'll start taking over my apartment soon -- I've only shown you guys 7, I think, and that's maybe only half ... of the ones that are complete.  If I could ever bear to part with my babies, I might start trying to recreate them or just straight up sell them on Etsy, and would be curious to know if there would be any interest in that.  (In other words: am I good enough to make some spare cash off this hobby?)

Also, I need a name for the alcohol monster series.  In addition to Absinthe, Midori, Bourbon, Scotch and Jager, I've also got Tequila Shot, Kahlua, (Pinot) Grigio, Grapa, Vermouth and Gin (the Martini brothers), Ouzo, and Hennessey.  Name suggestions are totally welcome. 

Thank you for looking!  And reading my long-windedness.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: A Couple More Monsters on: April 30, 2011 09:21:42 PM
Thank you, everyone! Smiley I'm seriously thinking of trying to re-create Scotch and having a pair (or a herd!) of him scattered around my apartment. Or maybe to try to sell on Etsy or something. (If I ever get around to actually having a store.)
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Couple More Monsters on: November 07, 2010 04:31:54 PM
Some months back, I shared a couple of the monster creations I've made in the Ceramics class I've been taking for almost five years now. (That post is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354778.0.)  Figured it was about time to share a couple more -- it's a lazy Sunday, and I'm trying to avoid cleaning the apartment.  Wink

As I mentioned in my previous post, all my work is hand-built.  Bisqued, glazed, and then fired in the studio's electric kiln to a cone 5 high fire.

Please let me know what you think.  The three pictured today are the first three in my "Alcoholic" series (someday I'll come up with a better name for it).

First up, Scotch:

Scotch started off as a couple of pinch pots, and was originally intended to be a planter.  I still haven't planted anything in him, but sometimes I'll store coughdrops or other small hard candy things in him.  He was bisqued in February 2009.  My favorite part of making him was the fur -- took a while with a dental tool to get it looking just right, but very mesmerizingly soothing.


Why the name Scotch?  Really no idea, he just wanted to be named that.

Next is Bourbon. It's not his fault that he's my least favorite: I didn't expect the colors in the glazing to come out quite the way they did.


I think he's so sad because he knows I don't love him as much as the others.


Bourbon was built and bisqued in March 2009.  Once I'd settled on the name, I realized I'd be on a streak of naming my monsters after alcoholic beverages.  Sort of an homage to my best friend, perhaps.  Or maybe I just really needed a drink.

Finally (for today) we have Jager (as in Jagermeister):



Built and fired in June '09.  The glaze for his main body was new to our studio at the time: Temmoku.  I kind of like it in this application.

That's it for today -- thanks for your patience, and for helping me kill some time when I should be cleaning.  Please do let me know what you think, and maybe I'll get around to posting more of my monsters before the end of the year.   Roll Eyes
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Le Gerbe wall mural on: August 13, 2010 10:50:36 PM
That is so stunning and beautiful!  and it really makes your living room look like a couture spot instead of just like a regular apartment.  Thumbs up!
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Meet Walter, the wartskin frogfish on: August 08, 2010 09:17:21 PM
Amazing!  This really calls to the Pisces in me -- my next project may just have to be a fishy. Smiley

I have to ask: how did you construct him?  Is he hollow inside, or solid, or filled with something as a base to build around?
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Tentacle Plant OH NO!!!1 on: August 03, 2010 09:57:24 PM
My reaction upon seeing this:

Oh. My. God.  This is AWESOME.

I may have to play around with this idea.  It's gorgeous and creepy (in a good way) all at the same time.  Thank you for sharing! Smiley
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: A Couple of Monsters on: July 29, 2010 07:50:07 PM
Thank you, everyone! Smiley  The dragon especially will be most pleased with the praise (he is, like most dragons, incredibly vain).

nataluna, for the octopus I hadn't actually thought about those tentacle sucker thingies until he was already bisqued -- since the whole thing was kind of an accidental project, I just went with the flow.  I'll have to try putting sucker circles on a future incarnation.

And PlumCrafty, that kind of flattery is gonna get you far with me.   Wink
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Couple of Monsters on: July 24, 2010 08:32:43 PM
This will be my very first "finished object" post on Craftster.  I've been trolling around on here for years, and finally decided to do a little showing off of my own.  (Inspired by going through the pictures my friend Angela took of my creations some months back.)

I've been attending "Clay and Wine" classes at my local Jewish Community Center for over four years now, and after an initial two sessions making truly ugly bowls and such, eventually I found my "creative" spark and started making things that were interesting.  My teacher and longest-term classmate (who by now are also my friends, we've all been in the class together for almost my entire run of it)  both tell me they really like my work ... but I kind of want The Opinion of Strangers to also chime in.

I don't do any throwing -- all my work is hand built.  Most of my monsters start out as pinch pots, actually.  Our ceramic studio has a cone 5 high fire electric kiln (I'm pretty sure).

Just a couple monsters to start off, so I don't underoverwhelm you all at once.  Please let me know what you think, if you want to see more, if they're horrible, etc.  Thank you in advance for looking, too!

Duckie was bisque fired in October '08.  Black underglaze washed away to fill out the shadows, fired at Cone 5, and then painted with a cobalt blue acrylic. He sleeps a lot, but since his main job is to guard my house phone, I'm okay with that.


Cthulian isn't dated, but I think he was bisqued sometime early-to-mid 2009. He started as a terrible pinch pot that I was going to scrap, but decided to play with since the smooshed pot vaguely resembled an octopus's body.  The name of the glaze escapes me at the moment, unfortunately. Tongue He's hanging in the threshold between my entry way and the kitchen of my wee studio apartment.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why does this happen and how can I stop it? on: June 18, 2009 12:44:47 PM
I'm not a professional in ceramics, but I'm guessing that the problem is just that some glazes tend to run more than others when in the kiln.  After a while you start to learn which ones do what.

For the next time you fire with that glaze, you'll probably want to put only one coat on the bottom fourth of your piece instead of (I'm guessing) the two or three that you painted to the bevel line.

Hope that helps!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What in the world is going on here? on: December 17, 2008 08:25:14 AM
I'm not a fan of the longtail cast-on, so I don't use it enough to tell what happened -- though that looks exactly like what is normal when you do the backwards loop cast-on, so perhaps it translates to this one, too?  (Since long tail is basically backwards-loop knitted as you go.)

If you're open to learning new cast-on types, I would highly recommend learning the knit-on cast-on.  If you know how to knit, you already know most of it -- just knit into the stitch on the needle, and instead of slipping it off, put the loop back on the left needle and voil!  You have a new stitch.  (See the knittinghelp.com video here:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/apps/flash/video_player/play/39/1)  No need for guesstimating how long your long tail should be, and you're not left with such a stubby tail like you have in your picture -- which, to answer your other question, you would let hang while you knit, and then weave it in after you're done knitting the piece.  If you tried to knot and cut it, you run the risk of it unravelling under normal wear and tear (trust me, I've had that happen ... very boo).

Hope that helps!  Welcome to the world of knitting!   Grin
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