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Rebekah Bogard assembling "Options"


Engineer your ceramic sculpture so that it is less fragile and easy to ship. 

The animals have a “female” rod that I glued into the piece after firing and painting.  I also glued another “female” rod into the base of the piece after that was fired and painted.  Then, a “male” rod is inserted into the base and the animals slide onto that rod.  This adds stability and ensures that the animals will not get knocked off their base.

The antlers fit into the head similar to a lid, or like a cork fits into a bottle of wine.  The antlers and corresponding holes are numbered as each antler fits into its own hole.

Small holes are drilled into the underside of the flowers and a small metal rod is glued into place (after the piece is fired).  The flowers are then painted as they are easier to handle using the metal rod.  Small holes are then drilled into the base.  The flowers are individually numbered, as are the corresponding holes.  Each flower has its own designated hole that it fits into.

Rebekah Bogard assembling "Trees"


These ceramic trees are built to disassemble for ease of firing separately as well as shipping. 

The first segment of the tree is like a giant lid that fits onto the stump.  Then each successive piece is simply stacked on one another.  Paper shims are used to keep the tree from wobbling.  Museum wax is used on each segment to stabilize the piece.

Rebekah Bogard assembles "Media Nox"


The moth-like-creature has a metal rod glued into the underside of the animal.  The base has a corresponding hole that the metal rod slides into.

The antenna also have metal rods, glued in at a 90 degree angle, parallel to the table surface.  The inside of the flange that the antenna fit into also have 90 degree holes, parallel to the table surface, that the metal rods notch themselves into.

Antennae are slid into place from opposite sides to maintain its balance while these additions are made.

Rebekah Bogard boxing up "Crush"


Design your own packing material to ship your fragile ceramic sculpture so that it UPS can’t break it! 

Rebekah Bogard assembling "Two of a Kind"


The black base has two metal rods that stick up into the air, which the animals slide onto.  Holes were drilled into the black base (after it was glazed and fired) and “male” metal rods were glued into place.  Holes were drilled into both animals after it was glaze fired and “female” rods were glued into place. 

All the rest of the "add-ons" work like lids.  Meaning, these elements all slide into the piece, similar to the way a cork fits into a wine bottle.

Rebekah Bogard assembling "On the Vine"


The large, black-and-white animal had a brass rod that is glued into its left foot with a corresponding hole in the vine that this rod slide into.  In addition, this animal has a hole on its left foot with a corresponding rod that is glued into place on the foliage that slides into place to hold the animal in place and prevent from tipping.

The small-white animal has a rod glued into its right foot with a corresponding hole in the large black animal that the rod slides into.  This keeps the white animal in place and prevents it from sliding off.

This piece is made from an earthenware claybody, fired to cone 02, then oil painted.

Rebekah Bogard Installing Brass Rods, Part 1


I use a variety of K&S brass tubing so that my work can easily break down into several pieces.  This is "Part One" on my process.  Visit my YouTube channel for more info as well as "Part Two" and "Part Three."

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