Playing with Clay
Not many people know I have a small kiln for firing clay. I can't work a potter's wheel or throw clay, but I love to sculpt little things, particularly at Christmas time.
During the Longaberger basket craze, I made little Santa faces to perch on the edge of a basket. It's been long enough ago now that I thought I would make the "Santa Sitters" part of this year's holiday gift. So I went to visit my dear friend Rogier Donker, a master clay artist who has been putting up with my hobby clay efforts for years. I picked up the advice I needed, one of his beginner's books and a box of clay and happily headed home to see if I could remember how to sculpt a Santa face.
The first one turned out very rough. I may use him to experiment with the glaze. As my friend Pam pointed out, he looks more like a wizard than a Santa. But by the fourth one, I seemed to get the knack. I still need to work on making the cheekbones part of his face and not two circle blobs, but I'm at least making acceptable pieces.
Since I share everything else with you, I thought it might be fun to share my crafty side, too. The picture is of Santa #4. Got a whole lot more to go, I hope my patience holds out...and I will share a picture of one after I've fired them too. That's if I can get the color right. Red is the hardest color to fire and I have learned this the hard way. Sometimes the red turns out green. It's tricky. If I get it right, I will show you how they turned out!