Monday, October 17, 2011

Tiny Dancer


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.