Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bone dry, garden clay bowl.

The clay looks good.
No signs of cracking in the thrown body or where the thrown foot meets it.
So, fingers crossed as I head to the next stage: bisque fire.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Throwing clay from the garden.

This is clay from my garden.
It throws beautifully. And almost looks good enough to eat.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vertical (vorto) hand thrown form.

I'm on a production footing now. The weather is just right in the studio, and I feel motivated.

I've also moved to category 2 :-)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Green pots.

This is what my bowls look like before firing.
The foot is thrown on the bowl and compressed with a bamboo flat tool to shape and avoid cracking.
I tend to like them at this stage almost as much as the final glazed form.
The line of this shape is just right for me. I enjoy this so much when the lines are working.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Clay from home.

I've started down the path of making my own clay again.
I've found some clay about 50cm down that is moist and plastic enough to roll into a ball (not damp enough to roll into a nice smooth round ball).
The photo shows this ball of clay after a ^10 ox. firing.
Today the clay I dug up was dry enough to add water to and delaminate. Tomorrow I will mix it and sieve it.
Looking forward to the next week when I get to test it on the wheel...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stretching light + time.

The final act.
I often wonder, and suspect it true. That I really make vessels to photograph.
I have always enjoyed the process of arranging and framing a shot; and to come up with a new way to find interest in an inanimate object is quite exciting.
I guess the need for an interesting subject informs the need for development in the potters studio. So one informs the other.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back at it.

It's been a while. It's been a fair while.
It's been a long cold Winter, but Spring is her and the studio looks inviting again.
Looking forward to converting the shapes I see in my minds eye, to clay, forming on the potters wheel.