I chose to make a connection with Nature for this assignment.
My assignment involved creating a clay loom with impressions from nature. I used earth tones throughout and incorporated natural objects when possible.
Step one was to roll out out a clay slab using a heavy maple rolling pin and wooden guide strips to control thickness. I rolled my slab to 1/2 inch thick. Next, I used the fettling knife to both cut the outside shape and the inside opening.
I also used natural objects, sticks, twigs, leaves and dried blooms to press into the clay. I used the end of the stick to add some stippling effect so the areas that did not have an impression wouldn't be too plain. I then used the back of the needle tool to create holes for both the loom and to tie twine on when finished.
It was important to go around the edges with a damp sponge to keep from having any rough edges.