Rustic Soap Dispenser
Marjorie "Tamiko" Anderson shares her sculpting technique for her rustic-looking soap dispenser.
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One of Marjorie "Tamiko" Anderson's favorite things to do is create is her whimsical, wavy soap dispenser.
Materials and Tools:
2-1/2 lbs. red clay
small bit of black or dark brown clay
letter stamps for s,o,a,p
medium round or flat brush
cup of water
rolling pin or larger dowel
fork for scoring
small clay extruder
plaster mold for threaded neck
3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square template
Phillips head screwdriver
bucket of water and sponge
needle tool, trimming tool, cutting wire
cola green glaze, cone 5 (can be any brownish glaze)
shino glaze, cone 5 (any light neutral)
1. Center 2-1/2 lbs. of clay on the potter's wheel and open the clay all the way to the bat resulting in a 7-inch hollow cylinder. Let it dry to a light leather hard stage. Remove the cylinder using a cutting wire.
2. Threaded neck: Press a piece of clay into a threaded neck plaster mold. Hollow the center out with a clay extruder and let it stand to leather hard stage.
3. Soap dispenser top and bottom: Roll out a slab of 1/8-inch thick clay. Place the 3-1/2-inch square template on top of the slab. Cut around the template using a needle tool. Cut a second square of clay.
4. Place one square on top of the domed bowl to dry to a leather hard stage. Dry the second square flat to a leather hard stage.
7. Unscrew the clay screw neck from the plaster mold. Attach it to the square slab on top of the domed bowl with slip and by scoring. Cut out the center through the round threads and smooth is out with your finger.
8. Slip and score the top and bottom of the rectangular cylinder form — the body of the soap dispenser. Repeat for both square slabs to attach them together. Smooth any rough joints with a paintbrush.
10. Roll out a small, thin, rectangular slab for the soap label. Gently tear off the edges to give a torn look and press the "soap" stamped letters into the clay. Slip and score the label to the front of the soap dispenser.
11. Using the end of the paintbrush handle, indent the four corners of the soap label. With the black/dark brown clay, roll out four tiny round balls. Wet each ball before placing into each indentation. Flatten each slightly before pressing the tip of the screwdriver into it.
12. Dry the soap dispenser to a bone-dry stage and bisque fire.
13. Brush wax resist over the feet, soap label and threads. Dip into the cola green glaze.
14. Fire the rustic soap dispenser in the kiln. Cool and remove from the kiln.
15. Insert the soap pump into the threaded opening. Fill the rustic soap dispenser with liquid soap.
Web site: www.tamikodesigns.com
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