Sunday, October 20, 2013

Xantil, a incense 'censer' from pre-1500s

Ok, he's only 'green-ware', and hasn't been fired yet.  He's hollow all the way up, so incense burnt inside can waft out the top, his mouth, and holes on his tummy.  I even ordered the right kind of incense, stuff called 'copal'.  It's an aromatic tree resin.  We'll see....
All I have to do now is make a little dish to sit inside.

Clay Sculpture class, Fall 2013

I love taking art classes, and decided to 'stretch' myself a bit.  This is a beginning class (no pre-requisites), so my work is pretty 'beginning'.  :D

This assignment was to be an architectural piece, based on the Anasazi peoples.  They built their homes in defensible cliffs in the "Four Corners" area of the US.  Between 1250 and 1400 AD, they left their cliff villages.  Two separate periods of drought that lasted for many years each seem to be a major contributor for the people to leave.   These cliff dwellings can still be seen today in several places, such as the Mesa Verde National Park.