Wednesday, December 26, 2007

more polymer

Hey, look! Glass eyes! I'm such a nerd. These polymer pieces were made this weekend while we were visiting family in Cincinatti.
I brought my traveling studio so we could make stuff while we talked. I think one of my early mentors, Mrs. Bassett used to say 'Busy hands are happy hands!'. I think that phrase stuck. I am really liking all this colored clay business. The birdgirl, pug and deergirl are mostly colored polymer, hardly any painting required, just washes here and there, then a few highlights. I saw all these cute mini sculptures of babies on the internet and wanted to make one as well, so this is my second attempt. I'm having trouble keeping my clay pristine while I work (fuzzies get on it, or dark spots from other clay) so I have to paint it afterward, ruining that porcelaine finish. Its easier with faster pieces that I can make quickly then bake, but if it requires multiple firings, things start looking a little murky. I will have to do more experiments.


Sophie said...

OOOh! I love the glass eyes...they add a great dimension to the pieces...and the tiny babe is adorable.

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

you are amazing!