Monday, October 10, 2011

Altered porcelain vessel.

Detail of an altered porcelain vessel.
Made back in 2008.
The process I came to depend on for safely altering a thin porcelain vessel was to let it get to leather hard. Trim the foot as usual. To alter it I rotated it at a usual throwing speed and introduced water (*with a damp, not wet, sponge) back to the section that I wanted to alter. Use a tool while rotating the vessel, to manipulate the piece. 
It's a matter of trial and error.
If it were easy, it would be boring.

*Thanks Anna.

1 comment:

Anna said...

wow, getting just the right amount of dryness and the right amount of water would be the tricky part. I would be concerned it would break up or crack. How did you introduce water? Spray?