I'm back to clay for a while, and here's my first effort in this new batch. Obviously, it's a vase. It's about 8" tall with two polar bears at the top. The pattern on the front is snowflakes from a variety of rubber stamps. The bear on the right is boosting himself upwards by stepping on a snowflake that sticks out somewhat from the vase.
I pressed the stamps into the clay after I formed the vase, and this was a mistake. Even though I had my other hand on the inside of the vase behind the stamp, I wasn't able to get a nice clear impression. At that point, though, I really didn't want to start over as it had been quite an effort to build this vase - which I did with clay slabs. So I just decided to go with it and lesson learned for the future!
I'm still thinking about what glazes I'll use. I have a pretty celadon crackle which might be nice for the body of the vase. But that decision is in the future - after drying and bisque firing.
Whenn I began this project I realized that it didn't quite make "sense." Why would you use a vase in the winter time? What would you put in it? Would the contents obscure the bears? Well, we'll just have to see. I think bare winter branches might be one nice possibility. Or perhaps those fake branches that have little lights on them...