Candlesticks

I have started working on my first commissioned pieces.  Yesterday and today I worked on an order for candlesticks.  It has been exciting to take creative freedom in this project as far as shapes go.  Candice, a good friend of my mother and fellow artist, wants 10 candlesticks for her mantle, all different sizes and shapes, to hold a mixture of pillar candles and tapers.  They will all be glazed in a green crystalline (what I call copper).  Since they are going to be fairly tall, I am throwing them in two pieces and then connecting them once leather hard to create a flawless silhouette.  I think this will be the best way to throw these, since I have been working on more detailed designs.  I have been using calipers to match diameters correctly.  This has really been a fun project and I am eager to see how they start to look once I begin to build them as a single unit.  I have been sketching for these for a little while and am now making them in 3D form!

Throwing a base for a pillar candle

Compression pull to even the clay walls

Always compress rim after a pull

Final pull to shape

A sampling of pieces and shapes for the candlesticks

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  • Gramma V

    Wow! You are sooooo creative! Wish I could see them and the finished products in person.ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    Wow! You are sooooo creative! Wish I could see them and the finished products in person.ReplyCancel

  • Candice Serafin

    Awwww! They look great. They will grace the mantle beautifully and we will enjoy them so much. The best thing is they will remind us of you!

    I will send a pic when I install them.

    Candice Serafin
    Peachtree City, GAReplyCancel

  • Candice Serafin

    Awwww! They look great. They will grace the mantle beautifully and we will enjoy them so much. The best thing is they will remind us of you!

    I will send a pic when I install them.

    Candice Serafin
    Peachtree City, GAReplyCancel

  • Sydney

    Arryn, what do you wear while working? I like your blue things. Does clay wash out? Who takes the pictures of you?ReplyCancel

    • haha! I usually just wear anything that I don’t mind getting messy, something comfortable, and I also have an old shirt that has become my “smock”. Yes, clay does wash out – pretty easily too! A good friend of mine, Anna, took the pictures for me. She is letting me use her garage as my studio – which has been awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sydney

    Arryn, what do you wear while working? I like your blue things. Does clay wash out? Who takes the pictures of you?ReplyCancel

    • haha! I usually just wear anything that I don’t mind getting messy, something comfortable, and I also have an old shirt that has become my “smock”. Yes, clay does wash out – pretty easily too! A good friend of mine, Anna, took the pictures for me. She is letting me use her garage as my studio – which has been awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    I was wondering the same exact questions that Sydney asked–weird!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    I was wondering the same exact questions that Sydney asked–weird!ReplyCancel

  • very cool!ReplyCancel

  • very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Bartell

    So fun to watch you throw yesterday! You’re AMAZING!! Can’t wait to see how they all turn out!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Bartell

    So fun to watch you throw yesterday! You’re AMAZING!! Can’t wait to see how they all turn out!ReplyCancel

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