Gentle Giraffe’s

Surfing the internet was never one of my favorite past times.  Window shopping has never been a draw for me either.  The two activities are the same, only at least you get some exercise while window shopping, LOL.  I am one of those who log’s in, gets the job done, and then log’s off.  I tend to shop that way too, go to the store, get what I went for, and goes home.

There is always an exception to that rule.  On rainy, cold, winter mornings, I tend to stay a little longer perusing the image galleries.  Type in whatever I ‘d like to look at, most of the time it is flowers.  For some reason, a picture of a giraffe, it was just a head shot found it way into the image gallery.  The eyes were so soft and gentle looking, they struck a chord in me.  I knew I had to try to paint it.  It struck me that they would make great handles for a wood caddie Steven had made me!  What the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Rolling out the clay, I knew it would have to be a little on the thicker side.  I was worried that the ears would be a weak spot if the clay was too thin.  In the top of the head I also added a hole for a screw to attach to a dowel handle.


It now needed to dry, very slowly I might add.  I placed it between two boards, kept it in a cool dry shelf in my casting room and waited for it to dry.  I learned by trial and error, that the clay resisted curling while drying if it had some weight evenly dispersed on top.   After 24 hours, the clay is stable enough and it will dry the rest of the way flat without curling.

I now had to choose colors…………. the fun part.  Cyn




About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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