New Work: Lightning


I like this small wall hanging, measuring in at roughly 8″ x 7,” though the piece cracked profusely for some reason. I expected some cracking around the stones, which were pressed into the sculpture just before the clay body was leather-hard. I can’t even remember off-hand what that clay is; it may be what was left in the house my wife and I bought from an artist’s estate almost three years ago now (I’m pretty sure it was a low-fire white clay). The cracking doesn’t bother me in the finished product, but to insure it lasts I glued a piece of masonite onto the back.

Lightning detail

The stones are herkimer, something I hadn’t worked with before last year. They cracked during the firing creating unexpected prisms. The finish is a commercial Duncan glaze called milk glass that I really like.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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