I have continued my work on my Jeremiah Tree and am getting closer to completion. Every day that I work on it I am, right? I still have a lot to do, but I feel like I have gotten some major parts completed thus far. The first two parts of the tree trunk have been fired to a bisque and are looking great. I have about 100 leaves cut and fired to bisque as well. This past week I tackled, what I feel, has been the most challenging portion of this installation piece: the roots. This has been tricky because this part of the tree has proven to be the most delicate piece. The clay is thinner, to exhibit the detail in the roots, and as they dry they become more brittle. I am trying to handle the piece as little as possible. I have had a couple of parts from the roots snap off and have had to redo them. I will be much more at ease once this piece is bisque fired and not so fragile.
Don’t the roots look so much better now that they are filled in? No more creepy tentacle look! Each time I complete a section of my tree, I get more and more excited to piece the whole thing together. Another part of the tree that is coming along nicely are the leaves. As I said, I have made about 100 of them. I plan to make another 150 leaves. So far, I have glazed about 25 of the leaves in copper crystalline. I love the way they turned out. Each leaf is different with different crystal formations. Just like in nature, you will never find an exact duplicate. I think once I have all of the leaves finished and arranged on the tree, they are going to have a really nice effect!