Making the earth

First of all…Wow, facelift for my blog!  It was time to upgrade and add a little something extra to the look of my blog.  Plus, I was having technical difficulties with my last blog’s format and decided to go bold and change it all.  As far as work goes, I have been making the EARTH!  I am creating a stamp, out of clay, of the map of the earth.  I am going to be using this in some work coming up, but I am not quite ready to share what exactly.  You will just have to stay tuned, but here is a preview of the stamp and the making of it.  Let me know what you think!

First I started by sketching out the map of the earth.  Then I place my sketch over a slab of leather-hard porcelain clay to imprint the image into the clay.  I did this by poking tiny holes along the lines of my sketch into the clay using a needle tool.  Once that was all in place I removed the paper and began to connect the dots using the same tool.  Next, I defined each line in the clay so the map of the earth would show up clearly with deeper lines.  Now that the map is finished I just have to wait for it to dry all the way and then bisque fire it.  After it is fired I will then press fresh clay into the mold to create the stamp in relief form which will get fired as well.  Now you just have to wait to see what I plan to do with it!

All laid out and ready to be carved

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  • Waiting to see your earth move! Thought of you and Andrew when we were on Nantucket this week. Loved your photos of the walk home.ReplyCancel

    • thanks Mrs.Wolfe! How has your summer been at the cabin? Ready for the change of seasons yet?ReplyCancel

  • Waiting to see your earth move! Thought of you and Andrew when we were on Nantucket this week. Loved your photos of the walk home.ReplyCancel

    • thanks Mrs.Wolfe! How has your summer been at the cabin? Ready for the change of seasons yet?ReplyCancel

  • wow! cool stamp!ReplyCancel

  • wow! cool stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    Impressive geography,Arryn! = ) Can’t wait to hear more…

    Off to Wallings for dinner.

    Love, Mom VReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    Impressive geography,Arryn! = ) Can’t wait to hear more…

    Off to Wallings for dinner.

    Love, Mom VReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Nice job! I’m intrigued by this project as I realize more and more that pottery has many more possibilities than just bowls and coffee mugs (like drums {:), which by the way, I drank from my favorite mug you made this morning and thought of you. Miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Nice job! I’m intrigued by this project as I realize more and more that pottery has many more possibilities than just bowls and coffee mugs (like drums {:), which by the way, I drank from my favorite mug you made this morning and thought of you. Miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Analee Kirner

    Just so you know I LOVE THAT! It looks so amazing— how are you going to glaze it?? Love ya tons! Ps mum LOVED the bowl— it is on your dining room table 🙂 That and your artist statement made her tear up– look at you! LOVE YOU LOTS!ReplyCancel

  • Analee Kirner

    Just so you know I LOVE THAT! It looks so amazing— how are you going to glaze it?? Love ya tons! Ps mum LOVED the bowl— it is on your dining room table 🙂 That and your artist statement made her tear up– look at you! LOVE YOU LOTS!ReplyCancel

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