Starting 2013 Correctly

plate 11 mugStarting the New Year correctly takes some doing.

The three-week Christmas break at Windward Community College is over and I’m behind schedule. That’s OK. That’s my normal state. However, I don’t think I have ever been behind schedule in every area of my life, but this year I am behind in everything. I’m even behind in my sleep. But I digress…

In the mud department I decided to get away from coffee mugs, dinner plates and spaghetti bowls like those above and try something a little more challenging.

G sculp guide 4Being one who needs a road map if I’m going where I’ve never been before I started by make a cardboard guide to help me stay on the clay road so to speak. Since the clay that I extruded was ¾” and my mockup guide was inside the piece I had to make it an 1-1/2” smaller. If you look closely you can see the lines I drew as to where I hoped to place the first lay of clay. The height of this fair maid is 39 inches.

The first day of actually working with the clay I didn’t get very far. In fact I had to do it over because I didn’t like the lay of the bottom of the skirt.

The next time, 2 days later, went very well. In fact it went so well that I let the time get away from me.  To tell the truth it didn’t get away from me, I just ignored it. Worked on the sculpture for 7 hours straight. Went home tired as hell but well pleased with what I accomplished.

Hope sculp 6Well, here’s where I am today. I can see that I’m going to have to do something to soften her face and make it more feminine. I am also going to have to smooth down the whole figure.

I think I’m going to use under glazes and with a crackle finish, but I’m not sure yet. I’ll let you know where we’re going.

In the “paper” department, I got an email today that my murder mystery, “The Telephone Killer” would be out by the end of January. I don’t know why I’m so outrageously blessed, but it is great news for starting the New Year.

Hey, everyone, have an outrageously wonderful New Year!!!

Paul’s book The Telephone Killer published by Second Wind Publishing will be out January 31, 2013.

Please feel free to re blog any of my posts.

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7 responses to “Starting 2013 Correctly

  1. Exciting new, Paul. Congratulations! And thanks for sharing pics of your “mud” work. Love the colors, and the dinner plates/mugs too. 🙂

  2. I’m an artist but the last thing I manged in clay was a duck in fifth grade. At that point I realized my talent lay elsewhere. I hope when you get the sculpture finished you’ll put it up here?

  3. Beautiful works of clay and exciting publishing news!

  4. Paul J. Stam

    Thank you, Christine. Actually this is another great day for me. I got my shipment of books a couple of weeks ago and the maiden sculpture went into the bisque kiln yesterday so I should be able to start applying the glazes in a couple of days. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    Thanks again.

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