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Clay Fairy Door Tutorial


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Fairy doors have become an extremely popular piece of whimsy to add to your home, or even your garden. A quick internet search will bring you hundreds of different versions in many different mediums. Designs can range from the very simple wooden doors to amazingly elaborate multimedia sculptures. By making this clay version of a fairy door, you will learn some basic pottery hand building skills and be ready to move on to more complex projects. This tutorial is suitable for either real pottery clay(requires kiln firing) or air dry clay from the craft store. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY no special skills necessary SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS finished door will be between five and six inches tall

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  • card stock or heavy paper
  • clay (Pottery clay or air dry clay

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I am a full time potter living on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I create a line of hand built limited edition and one of a kind porcelain pottery. I studied textiles and pottery at The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and worked mainly as a textile artist for many years before returning to my work with clay in 2005. This dabbling became my full time gig in 2008, when I moved to Cape Breton. Drawing from the rich Celtic heritage of the local community, I have developed a line of hand carved stamps in the traditional Celtic style, which I use in various ways to add texture and depth to the pots in my main body of work. But like most artists, I like to play, so I am often dashing madly off in search of new techniques, new inspiration, and a bit of whimsy. This has resulted in a variety of limited edition, ever evolving pots of fancy. I am never very far from my textile roots, In my hand built work I construct very much in the way that a seamstress may work. From flat sheets of clay forms are built by seaming and darting, echos of buttons and rivets appear, seams are left exposed, patterns applied and surface is designed with imagery.