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Postby Erika Takacs » Wed May 07, 2008 11:54 am

I'd like to make more of these slab built clay pieces. Maybe a series. They're fun to make, when I want to take a
eak from a difficult or frustrating work. I'd like to know what you all think. Thanks!
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Postby johnwalkeasy » Wed May 07, 2008 7:07 pm

This work is not somthing I exspected to see. I thought I might see a dead girl. LOL. As for this work. This looks as though it is a female figure. And I like the color and ruff look of the clay work. But I think that the pole and stand should have that same ruff look. Perhaps if they were rusted steel or old wood with a dark rustic color.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Wed May 07, 2008 8:23 pm

She's made of a slab of clay, that's why she got that name. And there's no more to it. :) But if I'm in a dark mood, she can become impaled. I like the stand as is, but I might try your idea on another one. Thanks for your input, John.
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Slab girl

Postby BAReam » Wed May 07, 2008 8:47 pm

Erika my dear... "But if I'm in a dark mood, she can become impaled" ? Have you been watching PSYCHO again? :wink: But seriously, I like this piece; reminds of the Marylin Monroe scene where her skirt is blown up. Always like that scene. Has a kind of earthy quality, as does your sculpture.

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Postby krysta11 » Thu May 08, 2008 3:26 am

Erika hi,
I love this piece very much. You say it is easy? I would have to use all my
ain to do it :lol: . Very unique art.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Thu May 08, 2008 8:16 am

Lol, Bruce. I was neighbours with Vlad the Impaler. :) Interesting association with Monroe. Thanks for liking it.

Krysta, I'm glad you like it. Well, some of these come easy, once the idea is in my head. This one was a spontaneous idea after a painful disaster with another piece.
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Postby glomski777 » Thu May 08, 2008 11:38 am

I think using the pole was a great idea, it appears to be several different pieces making a whole which makes it very intriguing. Very nice, it will be fun to see the whole collection.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Thu May 08, 2008 6:50 pm

Thanks, glomski, the next pole is ready and waiting. If it comes out ok, I'll definitely show it.
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Postby rips10 » Sat May 10, 2008 5:41 am

To me,A dancer who is dancing with forgeting evrerything,the pole is her lover.Very nice.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Sat May 10, 2008 6:31 am

Rippy, I love your interpretation. Thank you! I like your picture on the avatar.
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Postby Singular » Sat May 10, 2008 2:20 pm

Very cool and definitely looks like a lot of fun. It does look like a ballerina to me as well. My only critique is that I would like to see the joints a bit smoother and seemless. It would make it slightly more refined in my opinion.

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Postby Erika Takacs » Sat May 10, 2008 8:28 pm

Good point, Joe. Thanks, I'll try.
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Re: Slab girl

Postby nigelartist » Wed May 14, 2008 9:43 am

Erika Takacs wrote:I'd like to make more of these slab built clay pieces. Maybe a series. They're fun to make, when I want to take a
eak from a difficult or frustrating work. I'd like to know what you all think. Thanks!


love it

original idea with great definition

please do more
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Postby Erika Takacs » Wed May 14, 2008 2:10 pm

Thanks Nigelartist. You know as easy and fast the prototype was, I'm having a really hard time with the next one. After too many tries, I've given up for now. I'm working on a slightly different version. This one will have realistic hands and feet, the rest slab built.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Thu May 15, 2008 3:09 pm

Here it is. I had a hard time making the ballerina, but had a lot of fun painting it. Half of the stick above her head will come off.
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Postby nigelartist » Fri May 16, 2008 12:14 pm

Brilliant


love her to pieces

what is she made of?


:!:

a three dimensional degas!
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Postby Erika Takacs » Sat May 17, 2008 8:31 pm

Thank you, Nigelartist. She's made of air-dry clay, then
onzed.
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Postby BAReam » Sat May 17, 2008 8:42 pm

Erika

Just curious... have you ever attempted Raku ceramics. I think the reduction glazes would be absolutely wonderful on these.

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Postby Erika Takacs » Sat May 17, 2008 9:00 pm

Only once, Bruce. I absolutely loved the effect. The whole experience, however, was short lived. My teacher had the crazy idea of doing the firing inside, in a well-ventilated area. :lol: There was some smoke, so the fire alarm went off. A very alarmed fire safety volunteer burst into the room, and kicked us all out. We tried to explain everything to no avail.
I love raku, and you're right, these figurines could have some interesting colours. Hope one day I'll have my own kiln and experiment with all kinds of techniques and effects.
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air dry clay

Postby nigelartist » Sun May 18, 2008 8:41 am

Great!

I've used air dry clay...called das clay.


it's great to use. When dry I paint them with oils!
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