Wednesday, 5 August 2009

It's a funny old game

No, this isn't a post about football; I'm talking about clay! It seems to have a mind of it's own!

Remember this vase?


At the time I had set out to make a replacement for the ivy vase that had been damaged. But it just wanted to be... something else.


Then recently I started working on a taller vase, and I intended it to be tall and very simple. But that vase wanted to be something else too...



...it wanted to be an ivy vase!


I didn't smooth out the surface of the vase so much this time. The idea is that I want it to look old with ivy growing out of it. I have thought about adding cracks to the surface, but I still haven't made my mind up about that.

It's larger than the original ivy vase (although only a foot tall, even though it looks taller even in the flesh), and the leaves look more like ivy this time thanks to the new leaf cutters I have! Click on the photo's for a closer look.

original ivy vase
(Which was my first coiled vase, and now looks hideous to me less than a year on, even though I was so proud of it at the time!)

10 comments:

mona said...

Oooh . . . lovely. :)

Looking back at work and being surprised at how your opinion has changed, at least has the benefit of meaning your talent has grown.

Undaunted said...

Thank you Mona!

And I certainly hope so!

Kathy L said...

What a difference a year makes huh. Your work has come far. I love the new vase. Can't wait t see the glazing for this one!

k

Undaunted said...

Thank you Kathy! :)

mimilove forever said...

ooo that's lovely..I want to touch the leaves! x:)

(I know what you mean about looking back n past works, but that madam is a million miles away from hideous!)
x

MadSilence said...

...and quite delightful. I love how natural shapes are incorporated into the vase. There's something appealing about shapes from nature.

We have a crystal vase, the mold shaped as if formed of long-stemmed roses.

Undaunted said...

Thank you Mimi and Madsilence. I suppose it's not so bad - for a beginner! (which I was) :)

Madsilence, that vase sounds beautiful!

Mom-Children-Etc. said...

Hey UnD!

Love the ivy vase!! I've always loved ivy--even the name. Can't wait to see it finished.

Tara

mona said...

Hey UnD, are you out there?

Undaunted said...

Thank you Tara!

Yes, I'm here Mona, I've just been... asleep!