The spliced cane on the previous page is one of the multitude of things I learned from Pier Voulkos. She is a fantastic teacher with a huge amount of energy, a love of clay, a wealth of experience, and loves sharing her techniques. The Spliced Jellyroll Cane is my variation of her technique. Use your imagination - I'm sure you can even make that mudpile look yummy...
Step 1: Pick up 1 piece of silver and place it with the Ultramarine.
Pick up the other piece of Silver and place it with the White Pearl. Blend the 1 piece of Silver with the Ultramarine. Blend the other piece of Silver with the White Pearl. At this point, your clay will also be conditioned thoroughly.
- Using a 2 ounce block of clay cut into 8 equal parts for measurement:
- 7 parts of Premo White Pearl
- 2 parts of Premo Silver
- 7 parts of Premo Ultramarine
- tissue blade or cutting utensil
- clean work surface
Step 2: Roll out two sheets of clay to a #2 thickness on your pasta machine (I am
assuming #1 is your thickest setting)
Step 3: Lay the two sheets on top of each other and roll them through the pasta
machine at a #1 setting. Slightly flatten one end of the sheet.
Step 4: Roll into a jellyroll. (Above)
Step 5: Stand your jellyroll on end and cut it into eight pieces. Be bold and cut carelessly. Making them uneven is part of the secret.
Step 6: Lay four of the segments on their backs with their toes in the air.
Step 7: Place the remaining four segments toes down into the spaces.
Step 8: Now reduce the cane by compressing evenly on all four sides and
lengthening it out.
Here is a side view of the reduction (above left), an end view (above right). This is the finished reduction shaped in a number of ways (right).
|Step 9: Cut the cane into segments and reassemble however you like. Here are three ways you can reduce the canes and how you might assemble them (above and right).
This is a leaf pendant made using a variation of the Spliced Jellyroll Cane
Here is a goose egg covered with another Spliced Jellyroll
This is what the goose egg looks like from the end.