I wanted to try a new approach to slab building larger animal sculptures, so a turtle seemed the appropriate choice. The layered white, yellow, and black slip (most visible on the face) to color the piece. After bisquing, I painted a clear glaze over the whole sculpture. It turned out the clear glaze had been contaminated with cobalt along the way, giving it a blue tinge. This ended up being a happy accident because it contributed a watery look to the sculpture.
After the final firing, I coated the outside with Mod Podge, hoping to seal some of the exposed parts of the turtle from the elements. As a second happy accident, apparently Mod Podge can’t stand up to cold and rain and started to flake and crack. I appreciate this look because it gives a cloudy, weathered look to the shell.
Medium: cone 5 clay
Time: 20 hours
Dimensions: 6″ x 17″ x 14″