Last Sunday, June 30, we spent the day at Newtown Welcome Day, Newtown, PA. I took my clay work. Here’s a series of photos from the day that chronicle how things look from my set up at a street fair from the start of the event (three hours before start, in our car waiting to get onto the cleared street to set up) to when the fair is in full swing.
Take a look. I hope to give you a feel for what a day on the street selling art entails.
The booth is ready for customers.
The street fills with people.
I sit behind my display and watch the traffic in the street.
Here is another set of baby cylinder people. They are made from low-fire white clay and colored with Velvet underglazes. Take a look at these portraits first.
I’ll remind you how I color these figurines. After they have been fired once and are durable, I paint their faces with Velvet underglaze Jet Black. I then take a wet cloth and scrub at the black; it comes away from the raised sections and stays in the crevices. It also stains the white clay a pale black/gray. It depends on how hard I scrub as to how much color remains.
To make their colorful outfits, I cover the entire figure (except faces) with Jet Black. Then I paint other underglaze colors on top, letting the black show. After I’m finished, they are fired again and all the colors are permanent.
OK, now you know their secrets!
These figures were done in February 2019, fired at cone 06.
Here are some individual portraits of baby cylinder people made in February 2019.
Terra cotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes. Each one is 4″ tall, more or less.
Terra cotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes. They are all 4″ tall, more or less. Made in February 2019.
I recently finished this group of puff people. Some are tiny, no taller than my thumb, others a little bigger, but none of them take up much space.
They were made in February 2019, terracotta clay fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes.
They have patterns on their backs, too. I could paint patterns like this all day long.
Here are a couple of individual portraits.
Small clay cylinder people from October, 2018. They are about 4″ tall, more or less, and made from terracotta or white lowfire clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes.
Turn around, guys.
Now we can see you.
Short cylinder people, white lowfire clay fired at Cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes. October, 2018.
How about some medium sized figurines?
Low-fire white clay, fired at cone 06, Velvet underglazes for the colors. October, 2018.
…but we were born at the same time.
OK, it’s a little bit of too much to call a clay statue “born” but they’ve been together since they were formed from the same clay slab, and they did come through two firings together. Enough said.
Two clay figurines, low-fire white clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, about 15″ tall – October, 2018.