|Project by TampaTom||posted 01-28-2010 04:10 PM||1477 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This project is called ‘Mars and Venus Rising’ and is a collaborative effort between myself and a very talented ceramic artist named Debra Lansdowne. We have worked together in the same department for the past 11 years, and her work is incredible.
The stand was constructed of three bent ‘legs’, each made with alternating layers of walnut and ash. The three are connected to a walnut piece in the middle of the ‘waist’ with dowels, epoxy and plugged screws. I was going to try to do this without screws, but I kept having issues with one of the legs, and figured the small walnut plug I put in would be a visual accent.
The top is a circle of 3/4″ plywood veneered with some very sweet walnut burl. It is secured with plugged screws and epoxy. The edge is banded with ash veneer to stick with the overall theme of the project.
I sanded the heck out of this and finished it with a seal coat of 1# dewaxed shellac. Once dry, I sanded it down with 400 grit wet/dry paper, blew off the dust and wiped on three coats of wiping poly. I was tempted to use my homemade oil/varnish/thinner mix, but I have heard that oil gives ash a very yellow appearance.
Debra’s part of the project is an upside-down bowl. She threw the12″ diameter bowl and sculpted the figures of a man and woman into the wet clay. She glazed it and fired it in her home kiln. This process added subtle colors to the finish and gave it a nice glossy look. Finally, she glazed a smaller bowl to the inside of the larger piece in order to give it lift above the disc.
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