I am slowly getting obsessed with making books. And like usual, I'm playing with different sizes, from mini to (eventually) maxi. I made these tiny ones first, partly to work out the different elements that make up a book. My plan was to create a book as a pedestal for the birds, using titles that might even suggest that irony ensues.
|These are petite...and solid. Up to 3"|
Now I'm building them bigger, from slabs, with internal structure to keep the shape from sagging.
|This is the first slab built (as in hollow) book. I showed it previously, before adding the bird.|
|Once I looked at the two together, I felt that I had to cut an opening and make the bird a lid. I guess that makes it an inkwell?|
There is a classic photo of a German (or is it Belgian?) salt glazed flask that I have long admired. Like most of my best ideas, it starts in medieval Europe. I've had it in mind to make some for years. That's the great thing about a long career in clay, plenty of time to get to most of the intriguing ideas that tickle one's fancy.
|Here's the newest one. Even bigger.|
|There are butterflies and dragonflies everywhere, even by my wheel.|