Today I’m sharing my attempt to make clay bowls which turned into a clay wall hanging & ring bowls ! How did that happen…. ? Keep on reading!
I took pottery classes a few years back, when we still lived in Canada and I really enjoyed it! Clearly, after this, you can see that I could use a few more of those! Oh well. My sister in law, the one, who sewed those two amazing bunnies I showed you in my spring living room deco [you can see a link below], happens to be really talented doing pottery and has given me many bowls and cups and such throughout the years and I adore them all! Anyway, I’ve always wanted to make beautiful things out of clay, like her, except mine never really turned out as great as hers. So the other day, at the store, I found air drying clay and thought I wanted to give the whole pottery thing another try without needing an oven for it and all that equipment, you know? Ok.
So I got going, you know, had everything set up, and my idea was to make little bowls, for rings, for jewellery maybe and just for having them as deco. I had looked it up on Pinterest to see some ideas and one tip was, to make a ball of clay and just spread it out in a bowl to get the shape. Yeah, that didn’t work for me, as the clay got so stuck to the other bowl and I couldn’t get it off without breaking and deforming the clay bowl I was trying to make. Maybe they used different clay? Not sure. So I just formed some myself and maybe it was the terracotta clay I was using, but I really imagined them coming out prettier! LoL. I used lots of water in between, to keep the clay wet and avoid it to break and dry too fast as well.
I kept two of those bowls that I thought would look ok when painted at the end. Well. I thought. Then I quickly changed my mind and started making feathers [ at least that’s what I was trying to do..] I thought they would look nice as deco on a table or even with some rings on them. But they didn’t look like feathers at all! They looked more like leaves! Or something.
I used a pencil to make some designs on them. At least they looked a little more interesting now. Always dipping my finger in water and smoothing out the clay so it would look even and not get too dry. After, I placed it on a paper towel and on a tray and let it dry for about 3 days. I think they were ready to be painted after 2 already.
I then got them ready for spray painting! I gave them lots and lots of coats of white spray paint. I think I almost used the whole can!
They did look a little bit better by then. And then seeing the “leaves” or “feathers” or what ever they were, I got another idea! I still had some wood and I finally knew where these were going to end up!
I grabbed my piece of wood, my thin golden wire and attached the leaves [lets say that’s what they are] to it by just twisting the wire around the top part of the leaves. Now, if I had gotten that idea a little earlier, I could have made holes before they were dry, but oh well. Twisting them around the ends worked as well! And this wire I have is just perfect for it! Then I attached it to the wood and that’s when my clay wall hanging was done!
Clay Wall Hanging & Ring Bowls
This is not at all what I had in mind when I got started, but I’m quite happy with what it turned out to be. Sometimes getting new ideas in~the~making also can turn out ok! As for the ring bowls, they didn’t really became what I had envisioned… but I’ll still use them! I added some “golden” touch to it and they are fine. Not screaming YAY, but you know…maybe I’ll give it another try with different clay sometime.
As always, Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have you ever used air drying clay?? I’d appreciate any tips!!