I had a question from someone asking if I could make this moon and sun plaque bigger. I pondered on it for awhile and finally said I thought I could but I wasn't sure how it would turn out. As you can see, it turned out pretty awesome.
|This one is about 12" diameter. The sculpting was all done by hand. The "space" is|
stamped with stars and shooting stars. The moon is gun metal green with indigo accents.
I've done enough of these kind of plaques that they come fairly easily. I know how to handle the
clay and the finished piece so it doesn't break.
|This one, on the other hand, was an exercise in patience. After figuring out how to get a 17" diameter (I cut a string and tied a marker to it and drew out the circumference on a piece of drywall), I then had to roll out the slab, trim it and do all the stamping and sculpting. I let it dry for a week under plastic to prevent warping and then uncovered for about 3 weeks. I slid it onto the kiln shelf and then moved it to the kiln. It would only fit on the top shelf. Fired once, then glazed and then fired again.|
So now that it is done, I think I'll keep it. There wasn't any final commission from the inquirer. I just wanted to see if it could be done. I don't think I would take on a commission for a second one. It was a lot of work and possibility for disaster at every turn was high. I wouldn't want that kind of responsibility!
It will look good hanging outside.