One of the things I wanted to accomplish with the new studio was creating all new work. I don’t plan on abandoning all my old designs but I really wanted to go someplace new and try more techniques than I have in the past. This experimenting and playing led me to create some tiny kitties.
Each little kitty starts as a ball of clay (brown stoneware is being used in these photos). I then flatten the bottom and start to elongate it. Little ears are pinched into place and then a ball stylus is used to create a little dimple inside them.
Once I’m happy with the ears, I work on the face. I mostly use a sgrafitto tool and a needle tool to create the face. I like to keep them looking a bit indifferent…because that’s how my own cats tend to look at me.
After they have faces, I carved out a little section at the bottom. This helps me set up where their legs are going to go.
I then draw and carve their two front feet.
A curly tail is carved into the back.
The finishing touch is the addition of a high-fire wire loop so they can be worn as charms and/or pendants.
I let the kitties dry overnight and then clean them up with a small paintbrush, sponge and some water.
Once these kitties are dry through and through, they will be bisque-fired. Once they are bisque, they will get stained and glazed and then fired again in the kiln. If all goes well, they will then be ready to go out into the world and find new homes!
Update! Part 2 of this post is now complete! You can find it here.