Why I Started This Site
So what inspired this blog, you may be asking?
That’s me and my cat Cosmo to the left. Cosmo is my inspiration muse. She is a very sweet cat who loves attention. You may see her in a few other pictures here because when I get stuff out to photograph she is always looking to see what I am getting ready to do next (Cats by their very nature are so nosy -Gotta love ’em!).
In the left corner is a decorative wall hanging I made out of clay a number of years ago representing the Hammer of Thor “Mjoellner” (from Norse mythology-not the Marvel Comic series) I was interested in medieval history which inspired the designs.
I know it’s hard to see, so here’s a better picture that shows both of them in the background.
I made both of them using a product called “Sculpey” that I use my own oven for. I later on painted and glazed them. My favorite thing about this clay is how you can make real art to decorate with and it’s nice and lightweight too. Sounds exciting?
Where Do I Get Inspiration?
Glad you asked! For starters, I am a Georgia native. Have you ever heard someone refer to “Georgia clay”? Well down here, the soil is all reddish-orange clay. Yep, that’s right, there’s more of it than you can shake a stick at…
It makes gardening tough, and it’s a PIA to get it out of your clothes, but that is neither here nor there. Clay is a great medium that I got my start in early in life as a tool for my own imagination.
I started out using “entry level” kinds made for kids, and then progressed to something more age appropriate, and then, things kind of took off! I made figurines, wall hangings, miniatures,you name it.
The Long Story Short…
I attended a junior college with a phenomenal art teacher, where I got to study painting and ceramics, mainly, to get that piece of paper. But that’s no substitute for application and enjoyment! Below is one of my favorite projects. This was actually my first assignment of the semester, I had to carve a life sized bust from traditional oil based clay. I had a big crush on football star Tom Brady at the time so he got chosen by me to represent the subject.
It probably took me four weeks to complete. This was 2003, by the way, and to this day, he still sits atop my mantelpiece. And did I mention this thing is a beast? it weighs about 24 pounds, even hollowed out.
Of course, that was just the start. I did about five other projects out of clay for a grade, of course, but I’ve done many more for the fun of it,
So if clay is your jam, you’ve come to the right place! To this day, I don’t work with the same clay I did in school, as I don’t own a kiln, for one thing….but I’ve found that more “portable” types of clay are easily obtainable.
Sculpture is a fun hobby that can lead to more avenues. So don’t let not owning a kiln stop you.
Some Closing Thoughts…
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Some of them I will use to feed my needy cats, as well as more supplies😁🐱.
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