I misread my glaze notes, and applied too much glaze to...... eight, ten, twelve pieces? Large platters, bowls, tea cups.... I don't want to remember. Total waste of time and effort and I ruined shelves. Frustrating! The pile of failures is banished to Piers's woodworking area of the garage. Maybe I'll smash them, maybe I'll ignore them some more. Grrrr.
I'm extraordinarily thankful to my sweet partner for being calm and supportive. Yes, I feel like I was careless and destroyed my work unnecessarily. I also simply love working in clay, and that's where my passion and drive stem from.
So I've taken a deep breath (many deep breaths) and wedged some new clay. Here's some work fresh out of the kiln:
More work is being glazed, and I have greenware drying slowly in my studio. I'll post new pictures after the next glaze load (gulp!) .....Keep your chin up, girl!!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
|Step One: Make clay|
|Step Two: Prep clay for throwing|
|Step Three: Throw mugs; Step Four, Trim the bottom|
Here I've thrown six mug forms, and allowed them to dry enough for me to trim the bottom. To keep the clay bodies from mixing, I've flipped the bat on my wheelhead (from the red clay side to the gray clay side), and set out a large plastic bag to catch my gray clay trimmings. I guess I've been keeping a lot of trimmings--that pile should really go back into my slop bucket.
I center the mug form, and secure it with wet clay (above), then trim away excess clay and shape the bottom with a trimming tool (below).
|Step Four continued, since Steps Five through Seven are missing...|
|Step Eight: Bisque; Step Nine: Underglaze|
By the way, I want to point out the plant in the background, above. It's either a lemon, grapefruit, or orange plant; my husband can't remember what he was eating when he planted the seed, since he never expected it to sprout. At this rate, we'll have a full-fledged tree gracing our living room in, say, ten years. How exciting!
|Step Ten: Second bisque, Step Eleven: Detailed glaze area|
My pottery is microwave- and dishwasher-safe. I think everything tastes better when it's served in a ceramic or glass container. Especially when it's handmade! I love the special moment you feel when you pour your drink into a handmade cup, enjoying touch, taste, smell, sight; a lovely indulgence in Life.
The next morning, I open the kiln to see how the glazing turned out. These are for Barbara and Geoffrey... Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy your mugs!