I started this witch back with the smaller kokeshi style witches. My inspiration for this was the ceramic angel sculptures you see everywhere, and I do love Halloween so why not a witch. This one is a bit taller at about 11 inches high. I gave this one to my sister as a birthday gift, and she loved it.
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The following photos are of some the progress of building these. I really should take more photos as I am building but your hands get quite dirty working with clay. To build the bodies I used the extruder at the clay studio Peacock Clay Collaborative. Then I had to cut out darts and mend them back together to create the tapered effect towards the top of the body. For the heads I just molded some clay in a small ball and got it to the shape I wanted and then hollowed them out.
This is after I finished building it. The devil angel on the left I still need to fix because one of the wings broke off, which I am going to have to paint it with acrylic paint. Here you can see I added some hair and the hat on the witch.
This is a picture after the first bisque firing.
I didn't take a picture after I applied the glaze because it looked a bit ugly at that point. I had put a white crackle glaze over the velvet underglazes to see how it worked. I should have applied a thicker coat of the white crackle glaze for it to do the crackle effect better. Overall I do like the way it came out.
Here is a list of the materials I used:
The clay was provided by the studio and is a low fire clay.
I also used the Amaco Arroya Soft White for the crackle effect on the hat and the body.