Commission: Black River Entertainment

I have a new commission that I am very excited about!  The commission is for Black River Entertainment, which is a music label out of Nashville, Tennessee.  Gordon Kerr (my now uncle-in-law) is the COO of the label.  When he saw some of my pottery work he started thinking of ideas that could be done for his company.  We talked about various things and I showed him some of the work I have done on my blog.  He got pretty enthusiastic about the candle pots and wondered if he could commission me to make him 30 candle pots with the company logo in them.  They will be gifts for an upcoming record release party.  I was excited and eager to take on the commission.  I have two more weeks to finish them up and get them out in the mail for the big day on February 15th!

 

Creating the logo in clay

 

Creating the logo into a stamp has been the most challenging part of this commission.  There are a lot of characters since the logo says “Black River Entertainment”.  Gordon sent me the logo via e-mail and I got to work turning it into a clay stamp.  Whenever a stamp is made, you first have to carve out the design on a chunk of clay.  Anything that is carved will then become the raised portion in the stamp that will actually make the impression in the clay.  It was tedious work to carve out those letters, but I am happy with the end result.

 

Carving out the letters

 

As you can see, the carving has only just begun.  The “Black River” portion was fairly simple but the “Entertainment” section was the most tedious.  I had to fare away the clay from the letters like a relief carving.  I finished it though and it fired nicely in the kiln.

 

30 candle pots thrown and ready to be trimmed and stamped

All 30 candle pots are thrown and drying to the right hardness for trimming and stamping.  Like the candle pots I posted about in an earlier blog, these will have cut-out designs around the rim.  The cut-outs for these will be squares all the way around.  Simple and clean.  The logo stamp will go about a centimeter below the square cut-outs.  That is the next step before firing, to get everything trimmed, cut out and stamped.  It is going well and I am on schedule.

 

Candle pots drying on the rack

The finished logo carved and fired

 

Black River Entertainment Logo

 

 

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  • Mom V.

    Arryn! This is fantastic! What an exciting commission, and you are doing an incredible job! I can’t even fathom the time and “fine tuning” it must have taken to do that stamp… But it looks wonderful! You are blessed!

    Will be praying for the final work to be done and for you to be very pleased with it all in the end. Good stuff.

    Love you,
    Mom V.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks! That logo was tricky to carve out! Everything is stamped now and needs to be trimmed and fired! It is coming along nicely. I am hoping the ingredients that I ordered for the glaze come in this week!ReplyCancel

  • Mom V.

    Arryn! This is fantastic! What an exciting commission, and you are doing an incredible job! I can’t even fathom the time and “fine tuning” it must have taken to do that stamp… But it looks wonderful! You are blessed!

    Will be praying for the final work to be done and for you to be very pleased with it all in the end. Good stuff.

    Love you,
    Mom V.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks! That logo was tricky to carve out! Everything is stamped now and needs to be trimmed and fired! It is coming along nicely. I am hoping the ingredients that I ordered for the glaze come in this week!ReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Great job, Arryn. These look fantastic. I can only imagine how pleased the recipients will be.
    XO~MomReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Great job, Arryn. These look fantastic. I can only imagine how pleased the recipients will be.
    XO~MomReplyCancel

  • Dave and I are thrilled for this opportunity you have with Black River Entertainment. We also prayed for you this week and pray all is well now.
    Love,
    The WolfesReplyCancel

  • Dave and I are thrilled for this opportunity you have with Black River Entertainment. We also prayed for you this week and pray all is well now.
    Love,
    The WolfesReplyCancel

  • I love that a record label hired you! It’s so unexpected, yet awesome!ReplyCancel

  • I love that a record label hired you! It’s so unexpected, yet awesome!ReplyCancel

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