This is an image of the finished ceramic pediment on our bathroom edition. The change from the last image posted here is the dramatic wooden framing.
It has been fun to live with this piece. It was a good experience for many reasons. This isn't the first time we made a piece that required a lot of attention to math and calculating shrinkage but it was very satisfying, when the piece was completed to know that it "fit" the required size. We also hemmed and hawed about whether we should glaze the piece or not. One piece cannot do everything so we are both glad that we opted for "subtle" rather than a dramatic color, surface or contrast of color. One thing that is worth thinking about is scale. While the images seem big up close, they are very small and detailed when seen from a distance. making greater allowances for the Size vs. Distance relationship may be considered differently the next time around.
The most "telling" part of all of this will be Winter. We will watch the piece carefully to see how it weathers. We do live in New England. The generous overhang should alleviate almost any problem - it prevents any rain from coming in - but one can never tell.