Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Large Bottle Progress...After Work

So I finished throwing the large bottle after it set up some and work was done for the day. I ended up bringing it up to 26"-28" (so tall, reaching all the way in I could not touch the bottom). I brought it out some as you can see and refined the form quite a bit. Collared in and threw the neck. Added four nice little pulled handles. The finished walls are 3/8" or less the entire way - no need to trim the foot! So I am still thinking about fluting it. Well see how it sets up for the night and what the morning brings.

The total total amount of clay used: about 16lbs - finished wet height: 21".

What did you do for lunch today?

Today I took a little lunch break and threw a cylinder....
That is a 12" ruler...
Will finish it up this afternoon....Most likely a bottle, but might go for a jar.
The walls are about 3/8" - 1/2" and I plan to facet or flute the finished surface.

Back to work!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Back in the studio and it feels good!

One of the nice things about working in a college art department is that there is a ceramic studio nearby. During the summer months it is a great space to get away, spread out, take a break, and spend some time after working a long day. So this summer, as in past summers, I have been staying after work and throwing for an hour or two each day. The results have been good and some new ideas and forms have had a chance to develop from sketches into actual pots. In the last couple weeks I have thrown about 8 large serving bowls (14"-20" diameter), a couple larger platters (20"-24" diameter), a couple vases, a dozen or so faceted, fluted, and paddled mugs, maybe 10 jars of varying sizes, and some new basket forms.

Bisque firing sometime in the next week and will hopefully have enough bisque ware to complete two glaze firings. Many of these pots will be glazed with a matte gray, tenmoku, iron red, and a heavy crawling white shino I regularly use. I will post pictures of some of the finished ware....