Musical Clay Instruments

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.
1_21_12_suesdrum_ocarina_3Sue 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.

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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.
1_21_12_suesdrum_ocarina_4Clay drum and Ocarina by  Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYSue 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.
Clay drum and Ocarina by  Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYThis is where the ocarina mouthpiece meets the tube.  Sue has it glued and wrapped in fabric.
Clay drum and Ocarina by  Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

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.