Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This bas-relief bowl was specifically made with Kelly's Gallery (http://www.kellysgalleryatjoseph.com) in mind. I began with a rolled slab of clay that was then pressed into a concave form. From there I began to press, scrape, carve and give life to the horse. Once the horse was complete the bowl was bisque-fired and ready to be stained. I chose stain rather than glaze for this piece because I wanted a rustic, almost stone surface. In a small sense this bowl might represent a composite of the "cowboy dishes" I remember my great-grandmother having and an antiquated pottery vessel from several millennia ago. It only seemed fitting to give the rim a rope-like resemblance.
Are you finding opportunities to be creative this season?