Monday, 19 July 2010

Two down, how many to go??

Here's two tortoises, finished, drying, and waiting to be fired... probably in October!!

They measure roughly 5 1/2 inches wide and just under 7 inches long, although each one is slightly different in size. The depth is a little difficult to measure.

I'm just waiting for the other two to firm up enough to carve, so I'll probably update this blog later today with those.

The question is, how many do I make? How do I know if they will sell or not? Does it matter?

Can you imagine a really really big one of these in the garden? (Like, 2 foot wide) :D

Update: I've finished the other two now.

The green one will be glazed in yellow, making the flowers yellow. The green will still show through. The blue one will be glazed in purple, making the centres of the flowers purple and the rest of the shell... a darker purple? I can't really use my pink on the shell because it's too opaque (that's another story) and I don't think the carving will look very good. I'm thinking I might use it on the body though :)

Yeah, about the pink. Although I like the colour I'm convinced I got "Tea Rose" which is opaque, instead of the "Pretty 'n Pink" that I ordered and was written on the bottle, which is semi-translucent. Oh well.


Anonymous said...

You need to name one "Speedy", that's what we call the large box turtle that lives in our yard.

Undaunted said...

Cool! Can I see a photo? :)

Kathy L said...

These should be wonderful! I think 4 or 5 shoudl be fine till you see how many sell. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Undaunted said...

Thank you Kathy! I have a few ideas rolling around in my brain at the moment!

Re the tortoises, if they sell well, it will be another 3 months (probably) before I can get enough work together to fill my kiln again. I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and makes loads of them! They're fun to make anyway :)

For two of the shows it's not such a dilema - the work stays on show until the end. But one show is an arts and crafts market, which I've never done before, so I have no idea how much stock to take.

mona said...

These are really really wonderful. I bet they'll be a big hit. :)

Undaunted said...

Thank you Mona! :) I'm thinking of changing the design slightly and making some money box tortoises too :)

Angela Finney said...

Love how you have carved them all. It would be great for you to do a bunch for the craft fair.

Looking forward to how they look finished!

Leanne Pizio said...

all i can say is Fabulous!
make as many as your heart desires...they will sell because your heart is in them.
The carving is beautiful!

Undaunted said...

Thank you so much Angela and Leanne :)