Sunday, October 24, 2010

New tiny tile - Homage to a Spider that I squashed.

It's always fun for me to reinvent a piece that has been done before - especially when it's a piece that I originally created! After I entered a large hand carved tile I made into the "Tile Challenge" for the Etsy Mud Team, I decided the image would be a great addition to my tiny tile collection of magnets and ornaments. Who wouldn't LOVE to hang a little spider on that Holiday tree? Sign me up!

Original carved tile, measuring about 7 1/2" wide and 9 1/2" tall.

So I got out my wax and carved it smaller, poured a plaster mould, pressed that into a thin slab of clay, fired, glazed, re-fired it and, "Hello again, Mister Spider!"

Tiny version - measures about 1 3/4 wide" x 2 1/8" tall.

Here they are together....Father and son? Mother and daughter? Who knows for sure, but I can tell you this - they're both dead. Here's the original story that I posted about my inspiration to carve the large tile -

Homage to a spider that I squashed

This handcarved tile measures approximately 7 1/2" wide X 9 1/2" high, and about 3/4" thick. It was carved in a tan stoneware clay as homage to a spider that I squashed. In all fairness to myself, it clearly crossed the personal space boundaries posted in my studio policies. AND, it came upon me without notice, and JUMPING at that, so it wasn't pre-meditated squashing, but it was well deserved. I don't make it a habit of squashing spiders, and when they appear near or on me when I'm outside, I usually just brush them away. I admit this one gave me quit a start. Hey, even Miss Muffett, who I hear was known for her calm, collected manner, reacted in a poor fashion when surprised by an arachnid.

The tile is glazed in a gloss black on the spider body, green shino on the "web" border, and glossy clear in the background and spider markings.

You can find them for sale in my
Etsy Shop!


Blogger Felicia Kramer said...

IF I loved spiders - which I most certainly don't - I would buy this tile in a minute. It's really gorgeous!

October 25, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Thanks Felicia! I really creeped myself out when I went looking for photos of the actual spider to post along with the story....just couldn't do it!

October 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

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