I’m going to show a lot of clay in the next week or so. I’ve been working on quite a few different themes recently and have gotten the items all to their finished states and ready to be seen. So – I’ll start with these figurines.
They are done in terracotta clay, fired at cone 05. I used Velvet underglazes for their colors and applied them when the clay was still damp enough to scrape into – you can see the incised lines and the red of the clay showing through. Each one is about 6-7 inches tall.
I decided to leave their faces without any embellishment. The clay is light enough to see their features and it makes a good contrast to the busyness of their dresses.
As I have been doing with all the large figurines I’ve been making lately, I have given each a motif to carry in her hands. I choose images that mean something to me and maybe to anyone who sees the figures. You may wonder about the time I chose for the lady carrying the clock. I’ve made figures with clocks before, with different times depicted. This one is very special to me – it’s the time my son was born more than 26 years ago!
I like the colorful nature of these figures. I hope to make more of them.