Moon container Steps & inspiration erin rust

When asked to complete a challenging ceramic peice, I compromised what I needed with something I love. I love the moon, and I needed a something with space to put items in. I found my inspiration on Pinterest with this moon face. From there, I drew a moon and cut it out as a template.
My template transferred onto the rolled out slab (wet stage)
Template cut out. At this point in the project, I was conflicted in if i should keep the nose on the moon or not. (wet stage)

This is the rectangular template for the walls of the container.

I ended up rolling out a total of 4 slabs so that I was able to cover the complete perimeter around the moon. (Wet stage)

These are the walls slipped and scored onto the outside of the container. (In between the wet and plastic stage).

The walls completed around the moon and a birds eye view of the day the moon lost it's sense of smell. I decided to do this because I thought it would be really difficult to create the face that first inspired me onto the lid. I liked the simple idea of just the shape of the crescent.
The walls of the peice began to break off. I think this was caused by sloppy slipping & scoring and the slab vs the moon shape being a different dryness. Nothing some more slipping & scoring can't fix!! (Plastic stage)
The lid of the continued was created by turning over the container and tracing it onto a slab. I couldn't just use the template I had originally made because the walls make the top a different shape. I added the nose back onto the lid because I was insecure the shape of the container looked like the letter C. (Leather hard stage)
Faces of the moon I was deciding
The winning face
Some cracking began along the walls where I originally connected them I slipped and scored this crack, however I ended up using mender after it was bisque fired.

Bone dry & ready to be fired

The most exciting stage of clay; Bisque

Some cracking occurred while being fired, so I sanded and used mender for the larger cracks.

Glazing: tawny. I was between using celadon and tawny, but decided to go with tawny because I love when the (real) moon is an "orangish" color. Tawny is more of a creamy yellow as opposed to bright.
My favorite thing about ceramics is starting with an idea and creating that idea physically.

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