Sgraffitoaddiction

After six days of working in my studio for at least 9 hours a day I was tired. My molds were tired too. I had slipcasted for six days straight, using up about 18 kg of slip that I had to mix in small batches so it wouldn’t settle in the bucket. On the sixth day the molds were so wet, that the clay didn’t release well from them. Therefore I decided to take the seventh day off and do nothing. I now understand why god needed a break after six days of creating ;-P  So with my break ahead of me I am writing this blog entry. Since slipcasting is mostly waiting, I did lots of other things in between filling and releasing molds. Mostly stuff I didn’t like too much, like recycling clay, wedging or mixing glazes. And since I still had a lot of recycle clay left over I threw some more easy cylindrical  mug-shapes and bowls. Since my mom had liked the jungle-mug a lot I wanted to make another one for her birthday which is coming up soon. The bowls I wanted to decorate with the phrase “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry”. My hope is that enough people can identify with it and will buy it when I sell them. So today after having cast the last bit of slip there was I sat at my table carving away. The bowls I did finish inbetween casting, but the mugs I had saved for later. I attatched handles in  a few different ways and started carving. The jungle-mug turned out nicely. But since I had so many other mugs and was in the mood for carving I decided to do another door-mug  as a hommage to Kerstin Gier’s book “Dream a little dream” (Silver trilogy). Well what can I say, it was so much fun, that I did several more mugs with doors on them. I like to imagine whom the door would belong to and why it looked this way.

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