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In my intermediate ceramics class we were assigned to make an "ugly cup" with no other requirements. While the rest of my classmates simply deemed their more wobbly wheel attempts as "ugly", this is what I came up with. The cup is hand-built with the tail of the fish forming the handle (sort of). My prof said it was the ugliest cup she'd seen in all her years of giving the assignment. I think that made it worth the hours it took to get all those teeth to stay in place. I'm hoping that I'll be able to glaze the cup part and paint the fish part so that it'll be functional. I'll post an updated version if/when that's done.
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Anima-Lux-Artifex Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing =D
I can't sculpt worth crap. But this is crazy!
Awesome job
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Thank you, and thanks for the fav and watch! The cup's underglazed now, but not fired yet. Hopefully I'll get some more pics up when it's done.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
absolutely awesome!!!!

so well done!

how did you sculpt that fish???
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thanks! I guess the best answer to your question (besides what I already have in the description) is slowly and carefully :D. Well I could give a few more details though. The fish itself is basically just a few slabs of clay (white high-fire stoneware if you know anything about ceramics) and a whole lot of tiny cones and spheres for the teeth and dots around the face.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I do pottery and have a studio. I do highfire, midrange and raku. I'm investigating cone 6 reduction firing right now. Very cool.

-- yeah you did such a great rendition of that weird deep see fish -- do you have a picture of that mug fired yet?
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Well in the photo it is bisque fired, but I still haven't glazed it yet since the only access that I have to glazes right now is in my school's studio and I've been on break. I'm hoping to get it done this semester though.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
yeah my semester just started up also. I've got a bunch of stuff I threw on my wheel at home over Christmas break. I started mixing glazes that I want to try out as soon as class started.

I'm going to be doing some things cone 10, some things midrange oxidation and some things midrange reduction.

And, of course, there is the inevitable raku for the pyromaniac in all of us!!

:w00t:
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mordormaster277 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
:giggle: For lack of a better phrase, this is epic win. I absolutely love it. In trying to craft something 'ugly', you made something really neat!
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Wow, thanks! I've never had one of my pieces described as "epic win" before.
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AlbinoHat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Great work!
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thank you. It was fun (if also frustrating at times) to make.
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ebony66136 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Wow. Really nice work. :clap:
I love the teeth and the little bumps around the eye.
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thank you :D. One word for the teeth and bumps: patience.
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Orange-Singer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Awesome job! I wish I had thought of this when I was doing pottery! The fish looks very real. And hey, I think it's pretty. I guess I have a rather messed up concept of pretty...
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PurpleJuneBug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thanks a lot! Well to each their own on the ugly vs. pretty debate. I like to think of this fish as ugly in an awesome way.
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