What started as a demo for a small face sculpture for my Ceramics One students evolved into this. It is part self portrait, not the bird part. I put the fingers and the crow on the piece to show the students ideas for adding other "stuff" to a face. I chose a crow because of the crows flying around outside the ceramics room window and because of my post in March about Crows.
The front of the face cracked off in the bisque fire. A fine example to the students of "do what I say, not do what I do"! I'm always cautioning them about hatching and slipping their work well and letting pieces dry thoroughly before we fire them.
But, as it turns out I like the cracked face and so did the students. A lesson learned in allowing mistakes/accidents to work for you.
For the assignment students were to integrate the front and back of the sculpture by making a connection with words, poetry, lyrics, a quote or any other way they could think of. This quote is from a book called The Poets Guide to the Birds, edited by Judith Ketchen and Ted Kooser.