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Short Stories: Dead Planet

Aug 13, 2012

by paulandkatestudio

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Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers. 

Today, Paul of Paul and Kate Studio shares the inspiration behind a blasted miniature world.

How did this happen?
Did it really have to go this far?
I hope this doesn’t become our planet.

The planet series started about three years ago when my wife and I collaborated on an asteroid. After that, I started making more detailed planets, focusing on features like mountain landscapes and volcanoes. From that came the idea of a dead world — nothing living on it, no oceans, no color. The nails added to the inhospitality of the piece. Raku fired for reduction, and voila! A black planet, the perfect non-color for a dead world.

I’m definitely going to continue doing the series. They draw lots of attention and make great conversation pieces.

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