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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Play-Doh Pottery

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

When I opened the can, the scent wafting up from the lump of bright turqouise Play-Doh sent my brain spinning back to childhood. Who can forget the scent of Play-Doh? It smells so good.

The question begs: why is Lynne playing with Play-Doh?

The answer is simple my friends. I wanted to try out some different textures for my pot that’s in the works, and what better cheap medium to try with?

Play-Doh doesn’t quite have the consistency of real clay and I was making things tiny since I was using only one can of dough per each object d’art. So, bear with me, okay?

This was my first attempt at replicating something like I did in class. I didn’t take a photo of this one before I added the texture to it, but you’ll see it in the next one.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It really needed to be taller to see the texture better.

Here is the state the pot I am working on in class is in. Coils of clay stacked on each other. I pinched the ends for something different and staggered the beginning and ends. My real pot is much more uniform and a lot less lumpy looking than this one is, but I think you get the idea of what it looks like without any kind of texture added, right?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

So, same Play-Doh pot with Texture 1:

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

After the first texture I needed to re-roll the coils so the pot is a slightly different height, but here it is with Texture 2 with an added little button adorned with Texture 1:

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Which do you like better? Texture 1 or Texture 2? No texture at all? The bright pink one is also shown in Texture 2 since I forgot to take a photo of it in Texture 1. Doh ...

(That was intended as a cute pun for those of you that didn’t get it and have never seen the Simpsons.) Anyway, I’d appreciate it if you’d vote and tell me which one you prefer.

Next I am going to mix all four cans of Play-Doh together to get more “doh” to work with. What color do you think I will end up with mixing hot turquoise, neon pink, dark lilac and not-so-neon-pink? We didn’t have these colors when I was a kid!


I vote for texture #1, but it’s all very cool. Have fun!

I like whatever texture has the button!
But the arrows < > seem a little too unorganized.
|||| , but not so perfect is the one i vote for!

Reya, that’s the texture I used once before way baack when.

Luke, not quite sure what you mean. You mean the texture on the button on the one you like is too unorganized? Somehow I did not have you pegged as a guy who walked the straight line. smile Don’t read that wrong, I just meant I figured you could/would be up for something different. So, I’m not sure which one you are voting for? IIII? Which one is that?

I like #2 I think.  Of course it could be because of the button.  That really dresses it up fancy.  Can hardly wait & see which one wins!

Debra, well, it’s really all about the texture. The button was a last minute add-on. I am liking #2 too I think ... not sure. I need to make it bigger to tell for sure.

I vote for texture 1 also, but it’s what YOU like that counts!

C! Yet another comment! OMG!!!

1, huh? I like them both; that’s my problem!

Texture 2 looks great.  For me texture 1 is a little too plain but hey what great pots.

Joyce, it would seem at though 2 is winning. Even my hubby agrees. I can always put more texture on the first pot ...

I think #2 is winning because the pot itself is better shaped.  #1 kinda looks like a snake all curled up on itself.

Although I too Lurv the smell of playdoh, I recommend you find yourself some poly clay to play with….. I think it will suit your purposes much better, and if you like your finished product it won’t dry out all crumbly like playdoh does.

Have fun sculpting!

Maggie, you’re right: it does look like snake skin! Play-Doh was the only thing I could find close to home. Otherwise it was driving in to a Michaels in Wayne which I didn’t want to do. I will get something better soon! wink

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