Candlesticks – Part 2

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! 

After the rain came beautiful orange and purple skies

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. 

                                                                                                      

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  • Aunt Michele

    Hi Honey! I haven’t been on you blog in quite awhile! I love it. Love your pictures, your writing…like you are right there talking to us! So happy for you and your projects. What talents and gifts the Lord has given to you!!
    I remember the sweet cherry tobacco smell of my dad’s pipe and the occasional sweet tobacco cigar that Uncle Jurij smokes! Fun and special memories that you and Andrew are creating together!
    Love and miss you!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Aunt Michele! It has been a fun project for me to keep up with my blog. In a way it has helped push me in my own artistic business goals. I know…pipe smells so good. I don’t mind it if Andrew keeps it occasional. 🙂 I always love having him in there with me.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Michele

    Hi Honey! I haven’t been on you blog in quite awhile! I love it. Love your pictures, your writing…like you are right there talking to us! So happy for you and your projects. What talents and gifts the Lord has given to you!!
    I remember the sweet cherry tobacco smell of my dad’s pipe and the occasional sweet tobacco cigar that Uncle Jurij smokes! Fun and special memories that you and Andrew are creating together!
    Love and miss you!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Aunt Michele! It has been a fun project for me to keep up with my blog. In a way it has helped push me in my own artistic business goals. I know…pipe smells so good. I don’t mind it if Andrew keeps it occasional. 🙂 I always love having him in there with me.ReplyCancel

  • Looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Looking good!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    Hi Arryn,

    The candlesticks look great. You are doing an amazing job! On the other hand, you may have invented a new mosquito repellent.

    I am so happy for you!

    CandiceReplyCancel

  • Candice

    Hi Arryn,

    The candlesticks look great. You are doing an amazing job! On the other hand, you may have invented a new mosquito repellent.

    I am so happy for you!

    CandiceReplyCancel

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