Two nights ago, I sat at the wheel listening to the sound of rain hitting the roof and splash against the windows as it poured. Andrew sat on a stool next to me smoking his occasional pipe (which I happen to love the smell of). We decided it was time to open up the garage door because it was getting so stuffy only to realize we welcomed in a whole fleet of mosquitos to come and eat our legs! Needless to say, I was a complete mess after swatting at my legs with hands covered in wet clay!
Despite the mosquitos, I had a productive evening continuing my work on Candice’s candlesticks. This has been such a fun and creative project for me to work on. I have four candlesticks complete and 6 more to go. Once they are all dry I will be able to bisque fire them so they won’t have to sit around in their fragile “greenware” stage. I will be sure to get a picture of them on my own mantle when they are all complete for an idea of what they will look like all together. As I have mentioned before, I am building the candlesticks in two parts (and in some cases three) to help maintain a nice silhouette and lessen the weight of clay in both appearance and in handling. In order to do so, I have to measure the rims using calipers. This guarantees that the pieces will match each other to create a flawless shape out of two thrown pieces. The pieces getting connected must be scored and covered in slip (liquid clay) and then stuck together, trimmed and smoothed with a rubber rib tool. The slip acts as a “concrete” for the connected pieces and is very strong.