Just got back from doing a demo at Odyssey for Master's of the Mountains.  It is a really interested group and some wanted more on this skull series I am working on.

I sculpted a human from a real skull, then I made a mold so I could either slip cast or press mold it. I usually press mold it as I don't make that many. Then I add parts like Zygomatic bones and work on extracting teeth.  Then cut the skull cap and put in a flange for a lidded skull or just turn the cap for a skull cap incense burner.  

I will then put on white slip or a crackle slip and rub in some oxides and fire. Then I will see if it is realistic and add more oxides or stains and refire until it is right. I am working on glazing some and then sandblasting.


Marian Parkes said…
Do you name them? I think you should.

Great class last night. Thanks!
claylady21 said…
I am not particularly into skulls but when in Denmark after a severe storm, the sculpture professor at the school where I also taught, asked me to accompany him to observe the erosion of the bluffs on the west side of the north country. Their practice of burying the dead is in wooden coffins which deteriorate and with placing the latest deceased over the previous grave, the final bones sometimes show themselves on the bluffs. The professor saw what he thought was a rock down about 50 feet below us so he decided to investigate. Because of the muddy nature of the bluff, he had to take a long sidewise descent to the site. It was a skull and he excitedly retreived it to show at his class at the school.
Anonymous said… These are real, whole space is decoarted like this. place called Kostnice, Kutna Hora town, CzechRep
John Britt said…
Claylady21, That is interesting because I was just in Hjorring and we went to a cliff with an old church and looked over a 200 foot cliff to the ocean (North Sea) which had eroded and could see bones. They got too close for my liking as it was sandy and unstable.
John Britt said…
Thanks anonymous! Tripped out!