And now for my pride and joy of this year's pottery class!
I present to you my eternity of work (no not really. he did give me one HELL of a time keeping himself together though)
If any of you remember him at all, you had an awesome childhood.
This guy is both the first two legged, standing figure, and first figure i've made this LARGE.
He's a tad back heavy. In the show, i had duct taped his feet to the table, because apparently people would be sitting at the display tables later that day (stupid idea in my opinion. don't let careless parents and even MORE careless toddlers sit and play with your work man. it just isn't right. I had so many people completely disregard my "DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING BUT THE SKETCHBOOK" sign.) But he can still stand on his own. I only did so as a precaution. Had he have fallen back, his head most certainly would have shattered on the edge of the table. That was not something I think my heart could take after spending so much time working on him.
I think he may have been one of my more popular items. That and the tea set of my 3D works, a lot of people had asked to buy him. Unfortunately, he is not for sale. I'm far too attached to him to want to let him go just yet. maybe some time in the far future though c:>
Some parts didn't come out as good as i had hoped. they warped a little in the kiln here and there. but for the most part, he came out pretty okay.
He's completely hollowed out, from the guns on his head to the bottoms of his feet. I almost thought he would end up whistling if you blew into him XD
He consists of clay and glaze just as the others do. The green for his eyes, called Keylime green i believe, is a new glaze from the company. I wasn't too impressed by it. I probably had too high expectations for it to begin with though.
I do have to state this though. Originally, his head was too heavy to stay connected to the torso, and the torso was not strong enough to support itself when connected to his waist. To solve this problem, I tried a new method of creating a sort of 'skeletal structure' for him. My teacher said she had never seen someone use that type of method. That probably has to do with the fact that people tend not to make figures in her class to begin with. Using a single coil, I made a rod that went from the inside bottom of his skirt, to the inside base of the guns on his head. This created a spinal cord to provide support for the entire body. Still though, the coil alone was not enough. I had to make it stronger by glazing it. About four layers of Emerald green and it had a solid coating of glass to keep it sturdy, which aided it just enough to fully support his body. Its still inside him, where it will remain.
I'd like to hope that that method will help out anyone else who is struggling with supporting their clay figures. c:> without it, i wouldn't have been able to finish him.
Good luck to you! And thank you!