New model started

Now that I have the half ton of clay I ordered I decided to start with this model scaled to compensate for two shrinkings of clay. It’s inspired by a circa 1900 carved keystone I removed from a buidling facade … Continue reading

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Lion 1265 pressed

The kiln reached final temperature just 11 minutes sooner than I estimated, I’ll open it up in the morning and see what I have. Meanwhile, after finishing another plaster piece mold of the lion block 1265 design I used to … Continue reading

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Interesting roundel

Ive seen this years ago on West 12th street, the old St Vincent’s student nurses residence building, built in 1924 it features two entrances with these roundels depicting a nurse’ portrait. As it turns out, they are almost exactly the … Continue reading

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Still more lions

I removed the four lion blocks from the kiln, all four turned out perfectly on the new kiln schedule, but the cherub plaque still had his face blown off. Here’s a photo of two lions on my bookshelf as bookends. … Continue reading

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Kiln schedule

Here’s what I programmed in the kiln controller for another round of torture tests, and yes, it’s a form of torture to open a kiln lid, look inside and see your work ruined: Segment / Temp rise per hour/ Temp … Continue reading

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Lions continued

I fired four of the little hand pressed lions blocks, a cherub plaque and the single section Art Deco in the kiln, and amazingly when I opened the lid, four little shattered lion faces stared up accusingly at me from … Continue reading

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