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Potters Delight: Rampant Bunny Pot Lidded Form. This is about 22". Cone 5 Electric.

Other than the bunny sculpture, this pot was different in that I used the edge of a stick to make the 'corduroy' on a diagonal on the slab that made up the body of the pot.

I scored and slipped the joint, stood it up, pulled out the pipe/mold, and carefully gave it some 'twist'.

Kind of trying for a fantasy look here. {;>)

Of course I rolled out a thin slab for the bottom and attached it, and a 'collar' that I had pre-thrown on the wheel, along with a simple, flanged, thrown flat lid for the sculpture to sit on...er, 'rampant' on.

Handbuilt Clay Bunny Lid

Potters Delight: Rampant Bunny Pot Lidded Form. This is about 22". Cone 5 Electric.

Other than the bunny sculpture, this pot was different in that I used the edge of a stick to make the 'corduroy' on a diagonal on the slab that made up the body of the pot.

I scored and slipped the joint, stood it up, pulled out the pipe/mold, and carefully gave it some 'twist'.

Kind of trying for a fantasy look here. {;>)

Of course I rolled out a thin slab for the bottom and attached it, and a 'collar' that I had pre-thrown on the wheel, along with a simple, flanged, thrown flat lid for the sculpture to sit on...er, 'rampant' on.


Handbuilt Bunny Lid

Just so you can see the bunny up close!

'Young' potters, How do you make a sculpture like this? I usually start out with either the head or the body, both as mini pinch pots.

(In this case, the image was in my mind, but I've also used photos or life sketches for a basic idea).

Details like ears, extremities, are pinched out, and everything is scored and slipped together.

(ALWAYS score! Otherwise your cool whimsical sculptural details will FALL APART - bummmer... How do I know this??).


Handbuilt Clay Sculpture Portrait Lid

This is a kind of self portrait, not flattering...

..nude to symbolize a picture of the man without pretense (is this possible?), and a statement of whimsy to boot.

Clasping Head and Holding Belly While 'Belly' Laughing Lidded Form

About 10", Cone 5 Electric with semi matte clear and cream accent glazes.

I often start with a mini pinch pot to make the head, push and poke with a pencil point or eraser.

I make the torso from a slightly larger pinch pot, and then add arms, legs, from coils that have been manipulated, pinched...


..Always scored and slipped, not just slipped or stuck together.

About 9" tall, this lidded form is a base for a potters self portrait, Happily Napping in Semi-Fetal Position...

..nude again to attempt to show the man without pretense. (I keep trying).

Cone 5 Electric, semi matt glaze and blue-green 'celadon' pot body glaze.

Both these pots were made by putting 2 large pinch pots together, and then paddling them into shape.

When leather hard, the lid was drawn on and then cut with a fettling knife.

Then the sculpture was made and attached.

Handbuilt Clay Portrait Sculpture Lid


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