Penelope’s plaque

My friend Penelope Dews has graciously been trading me for half the cost of clay classes with her over the past several months.
I am finally learning to throw on the wheel thanks to the wondrous “technology” of –
you guessed it –

Electricity!!

More on throwing in another post. Back to this one.
I am finally holding up to my end of our bargain by creating a vertical mosaic address plaque to hang beside her front door. Here are some in process photos.

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Making a bit of progress… Starting to feel the sun and moonness coming through…
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Decided to extend some of the “rays” to give it a sunnier feel. Now for the background. Black? for contrast? I’m undecided. Then there’s the address portion I haven’t even shown…earth colors I think- or white…need to play with it some more.

Here’s what happened last night…
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I added three styles of black tiles as background, set in a grid style to offset the randomness of the main images. Vitreous, copper-streaked deep dark brown and iridescent blacks were all employed.

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Then I laid out a selection of green tiles for the numbers-I think I like it- so I’ll cut and set this next for your perusal. Same black background should make it all pop.
I created the numbers as a separate panel so if she moves, or wants to display the piece indoors or elsewhere, it’s not “just” an address plaque.

Here’s the adress panel before grouting:
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And here’s both pieces together before grout:
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