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Sketch Fest #55 starts in: 9 days 22 hours and 31 minutes! (September 26-28!)
Sneetch egg by mikka

Sneetch egg
by mikka

Prompt: A Star is Born
prompted by: Mandy R., during Sketch Fest #10 (January, 2011)

This is a finished version of a sketch!

Light stoneware with teal blue slip and sunshine yellow glaze (on the stars only). This goes on the list of sketchfest pieces I want to re-do sometime, to improve the egg shape (there's a big dent in the small end of the egg), make the stars match better, use a thicker coat of glaze or a different yellow glaze, sort out a better technique for firing things that can't just sit on the kiln shelf, and half a dozen things I can't think of right now. Still, it rattles and amuses me.


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Elizabeth Barrette says: "Stars upon thars" hee hee! Try nesting things in newspaper or tissue. By the time it burns away, the clay is usually set. It worked for me in ceramics class, most of the time. Brick rests also work, but are more likely to leave marks. ~ Reply?

     Michelle Goldberg replied to this: Paper is great for keeping wet clay from sticking to wet clay while it dries, but anything that is going to burn off has long since done so by the time the glaze is molten in the kiln, and anything that hasn't burned off that's touching the glaze will stick. The stars are raised, so the egg rests on them, but they're what's glazed, so it couldn't just sit on the shelf for firing. I wound up building it a little clay stand to hold up the body of the egg around the stars.

Mandy R. says: What a cool interpretation of the prompt! I love what you came up and love the finished product! ~ Reply?

     Michelle Goldberg replied to this: Thank you! Rattles are a lot of fun. :)

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