I went for another run this after noon and came across the seed pods. As kids we called them helicopter wings and would drop them and watch them spin around and around before landing. They were super cool!
So I came back to the studio and started sketching from the photo’s. This is what I came up with:
Its difficult to know in the beginning if a stamp will be successful. By successful I mean eye catching, will the viewers eye move over the piece up and down and will the attention be caught. Also will it indent the clay enough for the glaze to pool into and will it be visible. I never know until after the stamp is finished and bisque fired if it will work. Even then I have to play around with it on a slab of clay to figure out the pattern what works best.
Below are the progressive photos starting out with a lump of clay until the finished stamp is achieved.
I have a set of metal letter and number stamps that I use in the studio. They were passed down to me from my Grandfather known as “tool Grampy” by his great grandson Will.
I like using tools that have been used by other makers. I feel that is somehow connects me to them as I am working. They lend a thoughtfulness and quietness to my process…. I am thankful for them.