Monday, February 15, 2010

a creative pull

I like being creative. You all already know that right? A medium that I've experimented with only slightly is clay. I've played around a bit with the ready made clay tablets that one can use at home, the kind that hardens just in the air, and does not need to be fired. But what I'd really like to do is to spend some more time with more specialized products, stuff like I found from AMACO/Brent. Now this is something that I really want to do, to learn how to work with clay and they seem to have lots to offer, not only the physical products but also the tutorials and instructions to make it worthwhile.

To make clay art, one needs to have a bit of creativity, lots of patience and perseverance and a sense of proportion. I've made some small pieces using basic molding techniques and experimented with stamping them as well, which came out really nice, except that the discs on which I stamped them didn't end up staying flat as they were meant to, so I cannot frame them as I had originally planned. Well, that's the name of the game, I suppose, one just keeps on experimenting and learns lots of things along the way.

I've also been inspired by Patricia's creativity at decorating her own cup at one of the local cafes that offers all of this, and I'm really thinking of trying my hand at some mexican clay pottery to go with the Mexican style pots that I already have. What is cool about AMACO/Brent is that they have been working with teachers, students as well as professional potters, so the range is pretty extensive. They even have lead free overglazes that work really well for a variety of materials such a glass, metal and enamel objects. I just have to figure out which project to take on now and get started!

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Haddock said...

Yes, lots of patience is the key word.

Arch at Rang said...

Pottery is something on my bucket list:-)

All the best with your latest endeavor !


Shalini said...

Haddock, lol it sure is!

Arch, thanks, hope I can come up with some interesting stuff.