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Last February I sculpted an owl.
In the next month I handprinted, bisque fired and glaze fired the 4 ” Owl.
In the coming months I made miniature owls… Which I sold at Farmers Markets, Folk Festivals and Craft Shows. They are also available on my On-Line ETSY site – Molly Critters.
I have had a couple requests for Owl Brooches… Big enough to stand out on a coat – 3 to 3 1/2 inches. Here they are so far. Carved and waiting for a bit more drying before I smooth them out, and paint them with underglazes.
Feb 12 – Painted Owls with Underglazes yesterday Night – Here are some of them.
Late December I received an order for a wren tile. While making the one that was ordered I played around with other wren tiles.. playing with texture and form. I wanted to share the process here.
I rolled out soft slabs of clay, using a rolling pin. I have learned from Chandlier that rolling and flipping tiles, gives them so many memories, that they then to be stronger and lie flatter than tiles I have made before using a slab roller. I have been experimenting with different methods since 2004, and am really enjoying the tactile nature of hand rolling the slab.
For this set of 5 tiles I played with differant sculpting techniques, from simply carving the picture onto a harden to soft leather hard slap to sculpting softer slaps into sharper relief, creating more depth:
I then hand painted with underglazes the tiles:
The tiles are then bisque fired, cooled, and airbrush sprayed with clear glaze. They are then fired to a low cone ^6 in an electric kiln, so they retain their colour and have a glossy finish.
You can view the Finished Tiles on Molly’s Critters ETSY site:
I have been spending time mostly on my ETSY site – MollyCritters. In the last year. Keeping that up to date with images of the miniature animals that I have been making, inspired by last year’s February Challenge.
Here is a small selection of what I have been working on:
Hey everybody! It’s February. So as the pink candy displays keep reminding you, you need valentines, right?
OF COURSE YOU DO!
But you need real partikkilar valentines for the real partikkilar people you feel real partikkilar ways about.
Like this way:
Or this way:
Or even this way:
Or O GOSH *blush* *faints* *comes to* *clears throat* thiiiiiiis waaaayyy:
“Something in at least one of these cards has struck a chord deep within my cold dead heart,” you’re saying, “BUT WHY SO COLOURLESS?”
Well pal, that’s so you can get BONUS LOVE POINTS from your dear ones for all the effort you put in colouring these cards with your own precious time & resources.
“Brilliant!” you say! “How much for the lot?”
$0.00, my friend!
“What? No way!”
Yes indeed! This post contains a link to a downloadable PDF containing all these lovely sentiments on a single letter-sized sheet, which you are welcome to print as many times as you like on the paper quality of your choosing & colour with the implements that, in your estimation, best express affection &/or desire, as appropriate!
“Gee, that’s nice! Are there any nice things I can do for you?”
Yup! Two things!
- You can show me (& the internet) your A++ colouring by taking pics of your finished or in progress valentines & hashtagging them #crittersandtales
- You can share this post (& anything else you find appealing on crittersandtales.com) with your social media whatever of choice so other people can maybe like it too!
“Cool beans, will do! Now where’s the stuff?”
I gotchu right here pal: omigosh valentimes so purdyyy let me at ’em!!
Happy Valentines Day!
I love you, probably!
Molly’s Creative Challenge this Feb. 2016. Each day she spent 30 minutes to create an animal culture out of a ball of clay.
Day 1 – Cow Bird
I saw lots of these brown headed cow birds singing in trees on my recent stay in Atlanta, Georgia.
Day 2 – Cat
Cat in a Tree Sculpture. 30 minutes not enough time for this larger hollow sculpture.
Day3 – Fish
Inspired by Fish Costume in Climate Change march in Ottawa, November, 2015
I started making a pinch pot, with 2nd pinch pot for tale, then joining them. It takes away from time for design, but gives me more of a sense of form.
Day 4 – Navaho Churro Sheep
20 minute Navaho Churro Sheep. Short on time, but great to sit down, breath and focus on this incredible animal.
Day 5 – Sea Bird
Sea Bird take off. Moved from pinch pot to relief for this bird in flight. In my usual work I do animals in groups… 3 – 12 owls,cats. Working on a different animal each day. Working on a different animal each day – has me seeing them a-new.
Day 6 – Pig
Pinch Pot of Mother Pig. I first met pigs in grade 2 at Taylor’s Lane.. a land of magic… endlessly playing out parts of Huckleberry Finn. Pigs were danger.”Don’t get too close to the pig pen” To Minton’s Paradise and Gary’s praise of Pigs… learning some pig anatomy. To Bunker farm.. and Noah’s love of pigs intelligence.
Day 7 – Red Squirrel
Our house is in flying red squirrel territory. And unlike the Jack and Bunny Rabbits, they did not move on when we invaded their territory. Intact while we were building they would come and inspect, and are often seen flying thru the trees. When we were down to our last laying hen, Henrietta, red squirrels and chipmunks would come and share her dinner.
Day 8 – Woodland Caribou
Pinch Pot… As you can see I totally ran out of time with my Woodland Caribou. My goal in this challenge is to keep with animals I know, and that have touched me in some way. I have never seen a woodland caribou. I have held their shredded horns. I feel that they have more right than me to the Canadian Shield.. yet they are endangered. Their is a wonderful website, called our incredible world, that for the last 5 years has been working on a Woodland Caribou project. I had the honour of going to their opening. – http://www.incredibleworld.ca/index.php/woodland-caribou-homepage</a
Day 9- Hen
We had laying hens. Such wonderful characters. And thanks for all the eggs.
Day 10 – Owl
I have seen barred owls hanging out in trees at sunset looking for food.
Day 11 – Bear
Great White Grizzly Bear. Also called the Spirit Bear. The land this magical creature lives in has just won a hard won battle. I lived for 4 years in a bit of Northern Rainforest. It’s magic. Ah.
Day 12 – Beaver
The Beaver… Our national symbol. Chewer of our trees. Polluter of our waters, who loves basking on our rocks. Yes – Industrious. Makes dams.. creates lakes. Much like the humans who live here.
Day 13 – Toad
Took 45 minutes on this Toad.. and could have gone on much longer. What a beautiful form. I have always loved “odd shapes” as the most beautiful. Still did not begin to give this noble beast justice!
Day 14 – Coyote
Coyote. Trickster. Our dog Kyle used to howl with the coyote’s on the full moon. The Hyena of North America.
Day 15 – Porcupine
In the 90’s I made batik porcupines and called them Canadian monkeys…. making of our common woodland creatures equal to those in southern climates. Here is a porcupine in a tree. They love chewing on wood.
Day 16 – Fisher Cat
Fisher are many ways they are our king of the forest. They are also beautiful.. with rich black fur… and an interesting arched gate as they cross the road in front of me. I have never seen one as road kill. Fisher are no bigger than a house cat yet kills off deer, skunks, cats… only in the porcupine with it’s quills survives their hunger. Intelligent with the last laugh.
Day 17 – River Otter
When I was a child I watched the otters in the zoo.. such grace.. such playfulness. It was a real treat when I was going for a walk down by our creek and spotted 2 river otters at play.
Day 18 – Skunk
A beauty with a sticky reputation.
Day 19 – Red Fox
I thought sculpting a red fox would be easy.. I have lots of images in my mind, of them sitting on the road drying out in rainy seasons. Running across fields and roads.. Running off with one of my ducks. Plus having a photo on my computer to reference while sculpting. I had to force myself to stop after 40 minutes… still so incomplete.
Day 20 – Raccoon
Intelligent. Agile with their hands. Ruthless. Killed a number of my hens and a roster. Just sucked their blood and left a bloody mess. Hard for me to appreciate these critters.
Day 21 – Snapping Turtle
Ok – it’s Sunday.. so I let myself loose track of time and totally get into this critter. Snapping Turtles have been in my back yard forever. A few years ago I was privileged to see a mother laying her eggs on our hill side.
Day 22 – Guernsey Dairy Cow
Relief Tile .. of a critter very dear to my heart. I grew up with these wonderful animals.
Day 23 – Loon
It is hard to really see what this will look like without the glaze.
Day 24 – Turkey Vulture
Once the natural cleaners of dead critters, I see vultures less, whether soaring in circles in the sky, or on the road side.
Day 25 – Blue Heron
If there are fish – they will come.
Day 26 – Skink
This skink lives in the Lanark Highlands. I have only seen one once. They are endangered.
Day 27 – Whitetail Deer
We each have our own relationship with deer in Lanark County. Their grace and beauty, their love of our gardens.. I made this deer upside down, so the delicate legs had a chance.
Day 28 – Honey Bee
I use pictures from books and the internet while I am sculpting this challenge. Usually I just use my own drawings, but with the 30 minute time limit, I choose this process. The question as I re-look at these works will be the balance. I get more detail this way, but am I loosing gesture by working from photos ?
Day 29 – Leap Year Brown Fruit Bat
Last day the beloved bat.