Imagine the three bears adorning your coffee table. These bears make for a great conversational piece. Men say it is Dad with a beer and women say it is Mom with a drink.
SIZE – The polar bears are 11″ x 9″ x 3″ high.
COLOUR- Bears- sandy brown and white fur, Black nose claws, Red bucket and blue bottle. White ice pillow. Ice Blue crackled the base and I patched it with silver epoxy that looks like ice.
NOTE: The picture shows the flat ice curing up, it’s an optical allusion.
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I carved each bear from stoneware clay. I then spray-painted and hand-painted the bears with under-glaze paint. I rolled out clay for the base and attached the bears to the base using a slurry of clay called slip. I swirled blue under-glaze on the base.
I bisque-fired it in my kiln. I clear-glazed the bears and sprinkled broken glass on the base then fired it in an extremely hot glaze to about 2900 degrees for about 9 hours. The glass gives the base a crackled ice look.
I coated the ice pillow for Mama bear with a ceramic snow glaze which isn’t fired in the kiln. I won’t come off.
The base cracked in the firing at Mom’s feet because she was so heavy for the ice. I repaired it with a silver epoxy accentuating a frost heave crack on a frozen lake. It is very sturdy and will last generations.