It looks easier yet more delicate.
19.12.14 - 8.1.15
Nizhniye Tavolgi, December 29th 2014
On the other side of Sergey's workshop was Ludmila's studio for another method of ceramic art. We'll see.
Number 1, that's an example of a mold. Please note, that the same form of mold wasn't available to demonstrate the whole process. Number 2, fill in the mold with liquid clay. Hmmm, how to liquefy clay is actually a question. But oh bother, my tour guide on this point began to rush me, not to mention that I actually paid for a private tour. Okay, number 3, pour out the liquid clay from the mold and let the rest stick on the inner surface. Let it dry. Number 4, now this is a different form of mold. This has to be tied with rubber bands. Number 5, when the clay is dry, release the bands, flip the mold open, gently with your fingers in between, lift the object up.
Next important phase is to remove burrs formed by excessive liquid that leaked through the mold.
Guess what Ludmila is doing! Do you see?
See it better now?
Then the dwarf and his rose will have to be left alone, until they together dry. Once they -- the dwarf and his rose -- dry, they will have shrunk from original size as you can see here. I believe, the dwarf will have to endure some more treatment to regain shape, before going into the fire furnace. Ouch, that sounds scary.
Hey, everybody! I've survived the fire furnace!
Next phase: make up. Ah, poor guy. Probably he went to the wrong beauty parlor.
For our information, Sergey's workshop, I was told, is available for students during school vacations to learn pottery. And some parents are just more than happy to send their kids off to Sergey's workshop. So... maybe... that less fortunate dwarf was a victim of one of the send offs. Aye.
This is still the studio, not the shop. The shop is at the front side, near the entrance door. Natalia, my guide, asked me if I would like to buy a souvenir or two. Oh... if only I was already at the end of my journey, I would have stuff in my suitcase with some of these cuties which are actually very tempting for me.
I came up with a thought like this:
Maybe I should take a second Trans Mongolian trip but just for shopping. The best time would be in summer, when I wouldn't need to carry much clothes. Nevertheless, knowing myself, I doubt that will ever happen.