Monday, October 17, 2011
I bet you looked at that top piece in the last post and thought "What the heck?"
This piece was made by draping and folding a thin sheet of copper clay as if it were a piece of fabric. There was no idea in mind when I started (so what else is new) but as I looked at the piece it had a fluid feel to it which reminded me of a dancer. I added a head at the top, carved into the leg area to add to the movement and finished it off with a pink sapphire.
Working with the clays is like opening a present at Christmas. The piece changes so much from it's dry leather hard stage to the finished metal piece when it comes out of the kiln. (Once in a long while, it's a big letdown. Things happen in the kiln that are not pretty. That's when I have flashbacks to the robotic sweeper my husband got me one year for Christmas. Those who know me, know that story.) Then, it's Christmas again when I take the flex-shaft to it to polish it up. What a difference!
I hear music when I look at this piece.