Greenware Drake WIP

Posted Mar 1, 2017, 4:49:00 AM

    Yes, I am doing dragons with clay also, not just birds~ I usually don't put up WIPs, since I feel like it slightly spoils the end result, but seeing how I have no idea what my plans are for this one (besides that it'll be raku fired, since it is a class assignment) I wanted to put something up to show that I am still working on ceramics.
    ~I also wanted to put it up to say that I'm opening commissions for dragon figurines! The style that I'd do figurines in would vary between this (more realistic) and another piece (more "cartoony," which I'd also put a WIP of, except it's waiting to be bisqued), and I could make them of specific characters, which I wasn't offering for the birds- though it is harder to make a dragon than a bird, so they'll cost more- I'll post the prices later. What do you guys think, how many of you are interested? Let me know!
    As a side note, I think my campus is cursed -_- My ceramics class is on Fridays, and part of why little/no finished ceramics have been put up is because at first, I needed to make the pieces, then they were firing. Then, 2 Fridays ago, weather conditions caused power outages in the campus, slowing down the ceramics classes. Last Friday was president's day, so no class (and no progress on clay for a whole week). I came in today, and apparently there was a gas leak ormsomething on campus, so gas was down- which has brought almost all kilns to a halt, including the bisque pieces, high fire pieces, and raku kiln, and as result has caused a backing up of pieces waiting to get fired. On the bright side, electricity is fine, so electric kilns are still a go, lol. Hopefully the pipe gets fixed soon so that people can work on their clay, though I hope nothing else happens to mess with the class. *Goes to find a curse remover*

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  • Mar 1, 2017
    Oh wow, that's a lot of tiny detail! this is amazing Big Smile Have you decided to paint it yet??
    • Mar 2, 2017
      With stoneware clay, you don't use paint, you use what's called glaze. The difference is that paint would burn off and leave bare clay, where glaze turns into a glassy layer of color, which is completely water resistant, and the color's will hold true *very* long- there are colorful stoneware pieces that have been found that are centuries old, stoneware's so cool <3
      Random unwarranted spiel about glaze later (I get excited, lol), I can't glaze it yet, since the gas kilns at my campus are down. If you use normal glaze on a piece before it goes through what is called a bisque firing, it'll explode in the kiln, which is very un-fun. But I can't wait until the PG&E people fix the gas lines so I can get to it~
      • Mar 2, 2017
        Oh wow, that's interesting! Now I really wanna do some clay work too! I don't have a kiln but would an oven work? :o That makes sense with the paint Big Smile Would it be possible to put the glaze on over the dried paint?
        • Mar 9, 2017
          An oven doesn't get as hot as a kiln does, unfortunately, so it wouldn't work. Ceramics tend to be a utilities-intensive field, which is part of why not a lot of people get into it, though you can look up if there are any ceramic studios around where you live and see if they could fire any pieces you make. Stoneware can be tricky, since there are little things you have to do to make sure it turns out all right, so Iwould recommend taking a class. If your in middle or high school, most of them offer 3D classes, which would be a good start, or if your out of public education, you could see if a nearby community college offers a course in hand building ceramics.
          Though putting paint under the glaze could be a bad idea, I don't know how the two would react or if the burning paint would mess up the glaze.
          • Mar 10, 2017
            Ah, they sound fun! I'll definitely look into it!
            • Mar 10, 2017
              If you ever want some advise when you do, feel free to message me Smile If you want, there might be tutorial series on youtube, though obviously not every stoneware tutorial is so good- if you find some vids about it you like, you can send me a link and I'll review them so you know which ones are good. Or maybe I could try and find some and send you the link, but I'm currently quite drawn into a new game and it might be a while in that case, heh.

              Also a tip, when you start out, try not having thin parts like what are on this guy, they break *really* easily and can be hard to do.
  • Mar 2, 2017
    Oooh, pretty. ^_^ I like the pose and scale texture.
    • Mar 2, 2017
      I'm trying to figure how I'll be doing plate scales on them, so thanks for the feedback! It was fun figuring out his pose, he'll make a good looking dragon once he's done Smile