The raw clay is pounded out and rolled flat
Next it is cut out into a shape, using a template
The shapes are then textured with stamps
The textures can be simple
… or elaborate.
The pieces were then set out, to dry overnight.
Next day, the glazing begins
Painting on the glaze
Get all those nooks and crannies
Thank goodness, we saved our yogurt containers!
Plenty of space to work outside
Many houses, and fields of poppies to paint
Sometimes this can be messy work!
Dear, old friends
some of the glazed pieces were also incised, providing more detail
Glazed trimmings from the incision work
… as well as abstract…
… and fanciful work, were all encouraged.
The pastel shades of the unfired glaze would turn vibrant after the kiln.
The unglazed version of this piece is seen in the 2nd row above, on the right. Color changes things!
This can be delicate work
All done with love, of course
Many of the hands became the feathers of the Phoenix
The others, leaves of the tree
There were 38 houses in all, one for each home destroyed in the fire.
Each one, a very special place.
Poppies cover our hillsides in the Spring
And we welcome them in our mural, as well
May they be a blessing to all who visit the finished memorial.