Siteless Part 3

Slab Building 

The next bit of making I did for my siteless was a slab structure although before I went into this, I made a cardboard machete. I didn’t really base these structures on anything in particular but I just wanted to try and make an interesting structure.

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I started my cardboard machete by drawing and cutting out one shape and then using it was a template for all the others. I then cut these all out with a knife. 
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I then cut out some cardboard strips that would form the basis of the structure. 
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I then stuck my shapes onto my cardboard strip. 
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My completed cardboard machete. The next thing I needed to was to develop a slab sculpture that I have adapted from this card model. 
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The first step towards my slab building was rolling out some clay. It was important for it to be nice and even and not too thick or too thin. 
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I measured out some slabs for the sides using a ruler. 
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Using the scratch and slip method, I attached the sides to the base of the sculpture. 
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I put the shapes onto the sides. 
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Once I had attached all the shapes together and finished putting the sides onto the sculpture, I ended up with this!
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My finished fired structure. I think this turned out ok, it definitely needs some tidying up. I’m not massively happy with the end result and I don’t think I’ll take this any further. I’m happy and a little surprised that it’s still in one piece and that nothing broke off in the kiln so I’m that I created something that is structurally sound but maybe I should have made it from a different material and used the clay in a different way. 

 

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