Playing with Clay
When I was 15 years old, I made this for my Dad (my dad loves to sail and he had a small “optimist” dinghy). I used ordinary sun dried pottery clay.
During summer breaks from school, my Mom would gather us siblings and have us form clay figurines which we will turn into figurines for our gift shop. Here are some of what I created. I used red pottery clay. These were fired and so they are preserved very well.
I admit I was “inspired” by figures I saw on magazines – in other words, I copied (SOMETIMES)! I don’t really see anything wrong with that. An artist has to start somewhere! Before you knew it, I would create original work.
This is my version of a “turn of the century” couple. Let me show you what I have worked on very recently.
I start with a round clay figure. There is a styrofoam ball inside this figure – which isn’t a good idea. My clay figure CRACKED as it dried.
The clay I used is pottery clay I purchased from Deovir (they have shops at Recto and some SM malls).
I place some “eyes”. Can you tell what I am forming?
Yup! I am creating an owl. I love owls – I am a birdwatcher and I’ve been very fortunate to see owls in the wild (NOT caged)! See my Bird watching organization here (Do join us bird watching)! I have added wings to my clay figure.
I added some details around the eye area. I used an ordinary pair of scissors.
I placed a smile on my owl.
I’ve started to add little details like feathers on the wings.
More details on the breast of my owl.
I added little details on the body of my owl, starting with its’ forehead above the eyes.
The little “hairy” details extend all over the owls body. I used a pointed tool I purchased at Deovir.
YAY! My clay owl is finished. I send it off to make a mold.
A plaster copy of my owl is delivered to me and I start to paint it. The finished painted owl will be the “sample” which will be the basis for production.
I wanted to create two “samples” – two differently colored owls.
I thought of different color combinations for these owls.
I think the most important detail are the eyes. I could not wait to paint them. I used water based acrylic paints.
I also placed little white “dots” on the eyes – these are like reflections of light.
I added white “details” on the wings – it’s a dry brush technique (not much water on the brush).
I think my owls turned out real well and with a lot of personality! They are banks and available at papemelroti! Thanks for reading!