So I'm taking a sculpture class that's VERY experimental. For example, this is from the first night of class-- we were to stamp a motif all over the clay and then drape it over something. Mine... broke a lot. Oh well.
Anyway, the instructor got the idea for me to knit/crochet some pieces out of a natural fiber--cotton in this case-- and then we'd try to turn them into something ceramic. Uh, somehow.
First one is basically a knitting sampler, the second and third are scrumbles (random bits of crochet), and the fourth is a crocheted mandala. Here's what they look like dry.
Then the teacher (Meg) had me learn how to make paper clay--kind of a mashup of newspaper and clay slip-- and after soaking my pieces in water for about an hour, soaked them in the clay. I draped the scrumbles on a flat block, the knitted sampler on a bowl (with newspaper propping up the middle), and the mandala eventually ended up in a bowl with a foam donut holding up the middle.
Meg had a crocheted angel that she dipped and propped up with newspaper in the middle, but I didn't get a shot of it before the dip.
A week-ish later after drying, they look like this:
I'm surprised the mandala (which I am trying to turn into a bowl) actually stayed that stiff. They've been put out to be bisqued....we'll see how that works, or if it does. Meanwhile, Meg is having me make more to do another attempt at a bowl--she'll throw one and we'll drape another mandala in or on it or something. I guess? We'll see this coming week.