Laura and I have been working, working, working for the CCA booth. She found someone who can make a mold of our full sculptures and while we thought he could use something we both already had (she has a smaller sculpey piece ~ I wanted to use my bronze), the guy said they wouldn't work. So off we were (fastly, quickly, in super speed) sculpting new pieces. We are running out of time and there is a process to the drying of the sculptures & kiln firing.
So much fun to send photos back and forth to each other as they looked alike, then we finally saw them in person and realized they did differ in size by about 1/2. Our plan is to do porcelain sculptures of our art. FUNNA FUNNA!!!
Here is the start of slapping clay down. I was going to do a smaller version of the bronze, but this piece took on a life of its own, which is really fun to do. And, different is better.
These photos are of the piece as I get it ready to take over to the ceramic shop. It can't dry completely, as it needs to stay somewhat pliable. The original will be destroyed in the process of the mold making. Waaaaaaa........
This photo, if you look close, shows I filled in the throatlatch. Ewwwww......I told the mold making guy that we prize our collies with clean throatlatches, but both Laura and I had to do this because it makes the mold easier to work and will prevent unnecessary breakage of the chin/front of muzzle. He assured us we can "clean up" the throatlatch in the "slip" which is the clay that we'll pour to make our porcelains.
This is before I filled in the throatlatch, taken the night before. We also had to "calm down" the fur so there aren't any "undercuts" which make the mold hard to work. I am still in a fog about what undercuts are, but since he approved of my work, I guess I got it.
My dogs really have a toy like this. It's blue & it's cute. I had it sitting on the counter with me but found there was a lot of fuzz getting in my clay. So it went back in the bedroom.
Before filling in the throatlatch.