Maneki Koneko Sugar Bowl & Creamer: Part 2

This week, after letting the yarn ball set, I began working on making into a sugar bowl, starting by slicing off the lid. Unlike the teapot, which had been bored through with a cookie cutter, I used a peanut butter jar lid over the top, traced a rough outline and cut through (as seen here, the initial outline wasn’t quite where I wanted it). This worked out by creating a bit of a wowed shape, which made for a unique fit when the lid was placed back on the ball. Both shapes were carved thinner, had the edges cleaned off, and the lit had a flange and hole added for a spoon handle rest.  
After the lid was fitted back on the ball, I started the kitten form, which is actually more of an ornate base for the sugar bowl than anything else. I began with a pinch-pot form head (hollow and open on the back).Next, I decided the body would basically be like a soap dish in form – wide and high enough to resemble a kitten laying on its back, but flat enough to rest the attached yarn ball bowl. I pressed the yarball against the belly to create nice form fit. The underside of the kitten form is essentially the ball indentation and the outside edge of the body form. I attached the head firmly with slip and reinforced it with a collar.
 The yarn ball was positioning on the belly and affixed with a small ball of sticky clay and slip.  Presently, the form doesn’t look too appealing, as the ball looks like it is squashing the kitten, and I have not added the kitten’s limbs to hold the ball in place (as though the kitten is playing by kicking the ball up from underneath). The picture below showed the hole for the spoon, too. (In the background is another student’s project – a bowl made up of two colours of clay balls.)   I attached a pointy tail to the kitten and end of the ball (originally intended to cover the seams, but then the ball would not sit at the right angle), which also serves to hold the ball to the base. Next week, I will add the kitten’s limbs.   This is a view of the bowl with the lid off (a handle will be added with a piece of the “rope” from the fishing float when it is done).  This is a side view of the lid, flange, and spoon rest hole. 

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