I’m busy getting ready for the MADE ON STATE open house and a trunk show at Let’s Bead. One of the many new designs I’m bringing to these events are my ceramic alpaca pendants and figurines. Here’s a peek at how they are made!
All alpacas begin their life as a wedged block of clay (I’m using porcelain at the moment).
I pinch a small piece of clay off the block and roll it into a ball.
Using just my fingers, I pinch the ball into a neck and shape the base of the body.
Using my fingers and an assortment of tools, I sculpt the front and back legs.
I set the body aside for a few minutes and then using another small ball of clay, create the head. The head is then attached to the body using the score & slip method.
I use the same method to attach a tiny tail.
I allow the alpaca to dry for a few minutes before I add a few details, like ears and eyes.
After the details are added, I insert a small nichrome loop into the back.
I prop all the alpacas up so that they dry properly overnight.
In the morning they get a sponge bath, no…really.
The alpacas are then bisque-fired, glazed and fired again (I forgot to take pics of these steps…oops).
Here’s what a finished simple grey alpaca looks like.
And here’s a few other variations!
Now back to prepping for my show!