I had researched a few artists that created a range of different ceramic pieces such as Frank Boyden and Karin Bablok which inspired my final piece where I combined the two ceramic artists work with my own piece. I used Karin’s imaginative vase shape and Frank’s bold detail that comes out of the ceramic piece. The process of creating this clay piece was quite difficult. Firstly, created a paper model which I practised with to see how I wanted the ceramic piece to look. I used my plasti-cast by pushing the details into clay and then cutting them into 4 pieces with the clay and cut them into different shapes to get the final look. I used an extra piece of clay and cut out the bottom of the vase and started sticking the pieces together.
When sticking each clay piece together I used a knife tool to cross stitch cut the area where I will stick to another piece and used a brush with water so then the water will go in between each cross stitch so that they can stick together. When holding the pieces together using softer clay placing it inside the two pieces and moulding it creating a smooth surface so it holds better. I repeat this for every piece including the bottom piece. Lastly I used a range of tools just to redefine the details that were already printed on the clay from my plasti-cast and added a few other details of my own too and smoothed the edges of the piece. Overall, I really like how the vase came out and even though the process took a while to do it was fun creating the ceramic piece.