Category Archives: Figurines

Clay Creatures

Here are some clay creatures made in September, 2020.

First up, this three-legged insect creature. He’s maybe 8 inches tall or so.

You may remember the puff people I used to make – in the dozens, if not hundreds. Here are a couple, to remind you.

Here is a variation on that theme.

For both of these new creatures, I used sgraffito and scratching techniques as well as using clay stamps I made myself. The eyes in particular were made with a stamp.

How about a drama shot, to end the post?

Figurine in Brown and Red-Orange

This lady is about 7 inches or so tall. I like her autumn dress colors and her patient expression.

She was made in October, 2019, raku clay fired at cone 06, Velvet underglazes.

Front and Back, We Are Very Dressed Up

Medium cylinder people in party dress. They look as if they want to break into song.

Terracotta clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, January, 2020.

Medium Cylinder People, It Is Time For Your Close-Up

The little guys have been waiting since November 2019, when they were made, to get their chance to shine. Here it is.

Figurines about 5-6″ high, low-fire raku clay, colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, November, 2019.

Misc. Small Figurines

Take a look at this small array of little figurines.

Please excuse the photos, I don’t know why I never seem to photo the front/back views so that they are the same size. 

Terracotta, about 3-4″ tall, colored with Jet Black Velvet underglaze and fired at cone 06. September, 2019.

This small woman figurine, about 4-5″ high. White low-fire clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, October 2019.

Baby cylinder figurine, about 4″ tall, white low-fire clay and colored with Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, November, 2019.

Cat Man, Sort Of

Here is a figurine I made in February 2020 in my studio clay class. It’s about 10″ tall.

Cat figurine 10 inches 2-20

Standard clay 112, fired to cone 6, various glazes and copper oxide wash.

It’s constructed in the usual slab rolled into a cylinder way – cat head added on top. It was then bisque fired.

Next, I covered the head only with a copper oxide wash. I meant to wash it off, leaving it only in the crevices, as is my usual habit, but I forgot, and I then waxed it (as well as the bottom) to form a resist because I planned to dip glaze it. As you know, the wax “resists” the glaze when I apply it – it runs right off – so that the head will not accept any glaze and stays copper.

So I did this wax bit and I dipped the figurine into one glaze color head first, another one from the bottom up, and poured two more selections over his mid-section. When I finished and was doing a gentle clean-up of stray glaze blobs on the cat’s head, the wax started flaking off.

Oops, I learned something here – the instructor told me that wax will not stick to the metal washes we use. (I’ve had success with waxing a metal-washed item before because I rinsed so much of it off when I seek to remove it except in the item’s crevices). Not the case here – there was too much copper and hence, the flakes.

Well, what was done was done. I sent the guy into the fire. You saw what came back. He looks great, I think. I like how glaze droplets (which stuck to the head where the wax peeled in the glazing process) interacted with the copper to give him shiny freckles, and how the copper migrated and left him with a spotted look to his face.

Cat figurine 10 inches head closeup 2-20

Also, here is a (blurry) closer view of the area near the front bottom of the piece. The lovely colors are caused by the overlayment and dripping of the several glazes I used during the firing process.

Cat figurine 10 inches glaze detail 2-20

Clay Wraparound Guys

Take some terracotta clay. Roll it out pretty thin in triangle shapes. Roll it up as if you are making crescent rolls, except that you want to keep one end even (so it can stand up). Squeeze their heads shut at the top (gently).

Put some faces on them. And hands. Bisque fire them. Use Velvet underglaze Jet Black and give them a wash. Fire them again.

Now you have a little choir or team or herd of clay wraparound guys.

September 2019. They are about 2-3″ tall. Perfect for art drop-offs in the park.

Clay wraparound people 9-195

Two Weird Little Guys

Made in August/September 2019. Each one is made of low-fire clay, colored with Velvet underglazes and a clear glaze on top. About 3-4″ tall.

First weird guy.

Second weird guy.

Some More Tall Figurines

I showed you a glazed tall woman figurine I made at my studio class a little while ago. And I mentioned other ones I have made at home. They are quite different – I meticulously color them in patterns using underglazes, and they are made of terracotta clay, which fires at a lower temperature than the stoneware clay I use at the studio.

Enough said. Here are cousins of the glazed lady. These were made in January 2020, terracotta clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06, about 16″ tall.

First lady.

And the second lady. For some reason I don’t have a photo of the back.


Tall Glazed Figurine

Here is a tall woman figurine that I made in my studio clay class in February 2020. You’ve seen figures like this one before – tall women. But they have been decorated in colorful patterns using underglazes.

As I have said before, the studio has different materials and I use a different clay there as well. There is a need for uniformity in firing temps and in glazes because dozens of students are having their work fired, and so things need to be organized. That’s worked out nicely for me in forcing me to try some new things.

I created this lady, about 14″ tall, in my usual way via a cylinder shape, using Standard clay #112 fired at Cone 6.

She was bisqued and I put an iron oxide wash on her head and arms. I waxed these areas to form a resist and then I dip-glazed her, overlapping some colors. I also poured glaze over her middle section (there are only so many times you can dip an object in glaze before it becomes too thick to fire correctly and I wanted more than a couple of colors on her).

The natural color of the clay shows through in her bottom section. I am not sure exactly why, I think I did not stir whatever glaze I used in that section enough to  mix thing well. Sometimes things happen and we do not understand…but I like how it turned out, anyway.