Totems….geez! what a lot of work! I think that I’ve bitched about them quite alot lately – to my friends, family, social media, etc. My previous posts on totems describe the totems pictured below.
If I had designed them all up front that could have saved me time, money and a huge amount of effort. But, why spoil all the fun?! Make it a challenge. Make it harder than it should be. Just start out making pieces and see what happens. That’s what I did.
Thankfully, about half way through the process, I had a vision and a plan developed.
I figured out that the high fire glazes that I love were NOT going to be bright enough and I followed the sage advice of Brad Hunt at Picasso’s Ceramics and used the Duncan Concepts range of underglazes which combines underglaze and glaze. This was a huge help in that it eliminates painting each piece with a clear glaze – 3 coats… on each little piece!
I also found that the Cesco line of Goldene Gold gave me just the glitzy look that I wanted.
Putting them together is always a challenge. But with a great installation crew (Ronnie, Darren, Lyndall, Morgan, Todd and Krista), it only took two days!
Numbering each piece before moving to the installation site is critical…you think you’ll remember what order they go in…but you won’t!
Some tips if you want to make totems:
- Draw out your design
- Make little connector pieces for each other piece (to fit) and make more than you think you need.
- Stick with a colour scheme and plan it ahead of time.
All of this is great advice and easy to say AFTER I’ve finished, but a word to the wise…just sayin’.
Anyway, they looked great, everyone loved them and I’ve sold a bunch!