The Making of the Minotaur

The second raku vessel in our series ‘Primythical‘ is practically guaranteed to ‘a-maze’, since it depicts the story of the Minotaur and his labyrinth. The Minotaur was part man and part bull, an ominous figure who survived on the flesh of humans.

To create the body of this piece

I slumped some clay to make the outer shell of the vessel. There is an inner plate in the middle of this piece, so that the back can function as a closed vessel, and the maze can have an inner chamber.

The power of intention!
The bottom of one of the staircases to the inner chamber before it is attached.
Are you brave enough to descend down the stairs to the inner lair of the Minotaur?
The shell of the main body of the vessel complete with rough lines for maze.

What labyrinth would be complete without it’s monster?

Holy cow, we couldn’t forget that!
And some wheel work for the base and the neck!

Next comes the scary part of constructing any of these pieces: attachment. It’s something we all struggle with.

Fortunately, I was able to keep and get all of these separate components to a similar moisture level. Even with my twist in placement, this piece was relatively stable.

A little diagonal twist surprised even me. But the clay often whispers it’s wishes.
The Minotaur looks down on his new home and beckons me to refine and clean up this piece, for this will be his new and final home!

The finished piece ‘Minotaur’s Maze’ can be seen here!

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What do you think of the
making of the Minotaur?

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment! I hope you have an amazing weekend. Pun intended ❤️

    1. Thank you so much! That is how I know I am in the flow! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. It’s an intriguing story and for me it invokes many of the challenges we experience in our life journey. More will be revealed tomorrow, about the story and the piece. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! It is an amazing experience to go from 2d to 3d! Kind of like what the transistion from black and white must have been to colour. I hope you have a great weekend full of creating!

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