I’ve had a lot of ideas lately, all floating around my head like they’re on an inner-tube floating down the lazy river. Except they’re also running a marathon at the same time.
So now that your head feels like mine does, I’m going to share one of those specific ideas with you. I got the idea from a centerpiece that was on my Aunt’s table. I think I first saw it over a year ago? Anyway, it’s five or six (maybe seven or eight?!) small white porcelain bud vases, all different shapes and sizes. I think they were on a tray? Or a plate? I’d have to look again. Anyway. Those vases just stuck out in my head as instant inspiration because 1.) I loved the look of them and 2.) I loved how simple, fresh and elegant they were. So I tucked that little nugget into the folds of my brain.
I have a sketchbook. I wish I used it more for art journaling. I should really start doing that again, I haven’t done so since high school. Maybe my head wouldn’t be so jam-packed with random ideas and information if I did this. Nah, it still will be! But an art journal would still be pretty kick-ass to have…
So yeah, sketchbook. Sometimes I forget to write my ideas down and they are lost in the abyss of my mind FOREVER (insert evil laugh here). Just kidding. Sort of. Sometimes I remember. Years later. For the most part though I write them down. Sometimes they are just words, other times I sketch something out quickly. When I work with pottery I typically let each lump of clay mold itself as I go. I don’t usually sketch out specific shapes of, say, a vase or a mug. If I have that specific of an idea it stresses me out, I feel like it has to be EXACTLY like the sketch and that just does not work for me. I may have a general idea of size and rough shape but everything I make comes to life on the pottery wheel. That’s just how I roll. YO.
When an image in my head appeared from the inspiration that was my Aunt’s table decoration, this time I wrote it down and did a little sketch. Made a little drawing. Got it down on paper. I did this while still practicing some other ideas on my wheel so I saved it for later.
Well, later is now man! I made a whole bunch of small bud vases. Let me tell you first off that it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s actually a little bit difficult to throw such a small amount of clay! It took me a few tries to get used to it then I made a bunch. I glazed them rather simply with bright colors and got started on making a box for the “tray.” I found some wood the right thickness. I used my hubby’s power tools. I stained the wood pieces and put it together. BAM.
I’m pretty happy with the results though I may refine it ever so slightly more. So there it is. My bud vase tray centerpiece idea. Enjoy. I hope to have some for sale soon!