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 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.
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.
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.