|Fresh Block of Stoneware|
I cut the cabochons from the slab and then smooth the edges. They are then set aside for awhile.
Another piece of clay is cut and wedged then I remove a small piece and roll it into a ball. The small decorative urchin element is created from a mold I made of an antique button.
The little ball of clay is pressed into the mold, removed and then set aside.
I then score the decorative urchin and the cabochon, apply a bit of slip and join the two pieces together.
The cabochons are then left to dry for a couple of days.
Once the cabochons are completely dry, they are put into my small kiln and bisque fired. I unload them the next day and apply an oxide to the decorative urchin element. The oxide is applied by brushing it on and then wiping the excess with a wet sponge.
After the oxide is applied, each piece is glazed. I typically apply 2-3 layers of glaze.
Once I have enough work to fill the kiln, I load all the pieces and fire to Cone 6. The pieces are unloaded the next day and then inspected for any flaws. I then spend a day photographing, editing and writing drafts for my shop.
|Mold Made from Antique Button|
|Bisque Cabochons with Oxide Applied|
|Finished Sea Urchin Cabochons|
And there you have it! That's what it takes to make a sea urchin cabochon!