I've had an extra bag of Little John clay calling out to me from the garage ever since I finished that Bob Kingsmill workshop. Tonight I couldn't ignore it any longer. I was watching a movie with the family, but had to go play with clay on the kitchen counter. This is the result. What do you think?
The idea came from a pottery studio in Coombs BC. I visited there for the first time last month, when my 15-year-old was running in the BC Provincial Track Meet in Nanaimo BC. The potter there had made some african ladies which looked like a textured sheet draped in a shape of a body, with a turbaned head added on top. I should have taken a photo at the time, but I remember thinking that I would need to try that some time.
Well, I was going to make an African lady, but I think he turned out to be an African man instead. Anyhow, I'm pretty pleased with the result. It will be fun thinking how to glaze and decorate him. I think the Coombs ladies were raku fired, from what I remember, so they were iridescent. I think I will just try for colorful. We'll see.
Here's a few more angles :