in progress: octopus

Originally, I wanted Octopus to be raku.

I was going to put the green-bronze on the eyes, and white crackle over the rest of him, and he’d have been AWESOME.

But since I fear that Octopus’ awesome tentacles would not survive the raku process, and since I was uninspired by the available glazes (and I’m not entirely sure how to get high-fire glazes to do what I want, or if it’s even possible), I’m putting underglazes on for the low-fire kiln. There will have to be another raku octopus later.

This is a light beige with a tan-type sponged over top. These glazes are supposed to be translucent in single layers.

Two sponged-coats of tan, and brown on the eyes. I think I like the previous patterning better, so I’ll probably sponge some beige back on top of his head.

I know, octopus eyes don’t look like that at all. I don’t know yet if I want to overpaint them to make a pupil, or leave them as-is. Without pupils he does look more cthuloid, though. It’s like an endless pit of darkness just screaming to swallow your soul.

Next up: Spots. I have dark brown, blue, and a red to go.

I have no idea how this will turn out. If he ends up ugly instead of awesome, I’ll just make another one.

This is part of the WIP Wednesday ring over at Tami’s Amis.


  1. Tami Klockau

    Thanks for joining WIPW! The octopus is AMAZING! I was an art major in college and dabbled in casting/sculpting a little. I could only dream of doing something like this! I can’t wait to see it progress.

  2. Angel

    This is so amazing!! Will you sell it? Give it away? Keep it for yourself? I have to say, I think this is probably one of the best octopus sculptures I’ve ever seen!


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