Sue will be giving a workshop in the new clay studio at the Cultural Center in Plattsburgh, it’s for experienced potters. Sue has been experimenting, successfully, over the past eight years with making musical instruments out of clay. Udu’s, ocarinas, flutes, xylophones, and now she’s putting the finishing touches on an instrument that is a combination, drum and ocarina.
Sue has it strapped down while she glued the sheep skin. She has the head tied and clamped, and around the rim was a pony clamp while the glue dried.
The she trimmed the goat skin drum head and put a nice fabric border around it. The drum percussion comes out after making a 90 degree turn, and it comes out through the middle of a circular ocarina. She below how she plans to play the ocarina.
Sue has a tube coming off the ocarina mouthpiece and she’s wrapped it in a nice fabric. The mouthpiece is going to have bead work on it.
This is where the ocarina mouthpiece meets the tube. Sue has it glued and wrapped in fabric.
The mouthpiece will be beaded. Here Sue has begun work with colored beads to create the mouthpiece cover.
I hope to shortly record Sue playing her instrument and we will post it here.
Couldn’t get the recording because the piece sold too quickly.