When we lived in Verrierdale (8 months ago) we visited a restaurant called Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi. I took a photo of this amazing ceramic lotus tealight holder, that was sitting on our table and had visions of making a bunch for our own place.
Well, that didn't exactly pan out but I did make one which sat unpainted on Ben's clay table gathering dust for way too long. If you don't know making ceramics involves two firing, one is called bisque where you fire the clay and it comes out hard and then you paint it and fire again! With Ben doing a degree in ceramics this year and seeing him constantly working on clay, I finally painted that sucker. I bought some pooling glaze which I didn't paint on thick enough but I think it was still saved by the nice thick gloss I lathered on.
This little clay lotus (a year in the making) had got me thinking - I could do better than that! So one day Ben and I went to the park and played with clay. I completely forgot that I was meant to leave room for a tealight though - oops but I still really like the new design of this guy
the unfired above and below...
All finished after two firings! I watered down some purple paint for him because I wanted a watercolour-esque effect :)
Today I just finished sculpting my third lotus - slight obsession! I tried to go back more to the original inspiration but he is definitely the most fragile of the three so I'm a little scared he might break in the firing process - clay is hard (in more ways than one). I shall definitely post photos if he does survive - wish me (or him!) luck :)
I also made two other flower-esque things. Even though not graveyard related that post seems to have influenced me floral wise :)