Making these little teeth in pottery class is incredibly fulfilling.
Sculpt 3 teeth a week > leave them to be fired.
Week 2 you have 3 teeth to glaze > leave them for their second firing. Sculpt 3 more teeth.
Week 3 you have 3 complete teeth. Glaze 3 more. Sculpt 3 more.
You get the jist.
Mouth pot! This gruesome mouth was part of a ‘Cornucopia’ project, where we had a brief to make a vestibule for our favourite food, to celebrate at the end of term party (and Potstop’s 20th birthday!) The finished piece also had to have a haiku inscribed into it, about that favourite food of yours.
So mine was a big mouth, it held fizzy sweets and sherbets. And now I’m left with a big mouth bowl.
Three pots here, plant pots (see those drainage holes) made by rolling clay out super-thin and using a pringles tube as a shape template. Playing with pattern here. Inlay again, and texture made by scraping clay out. Both took a long time, but this was the point – take time and make something with a lot of attention to detail. With pottery, I find this hard.
Lilac slip, sun yellow glaze, splattered on Copper Oxide with a toothbrush (needs more of this I think) and Matt Glaze on top of all that. This was a success! I’m finding out more glazings I like.
My trials of the Inlay method came out like this. I like the one with the dots, but it takes AGES. So much scratching and scraping out.
I notice that everythig I make at my pottery class is fast fast fast. I have few things on the go, I have a to-do list, I rush things and don’t look at the finer details, I want to get things complete. This is something I’ve been trying to change this term, but turns out, it ain’t working! Not planning m pottery sessions has left me twiddling my thumbs and time-wasting (something I find super-irritating) because I have no plan.
I think for me, the secret is within finding a way to have a plan, but to not rush within it. Don’t over-commit by starting lots of new things at once, but start the term with a few items in mind and devote the sessions to them.
These two were made very quickly, by wrapping around a tube. I forget the name for this. The decoration on both did take a long time, using a technique called inlay. Lots of scraping away and digging out. If you don’t smooth it all down after, you get this scraped effect – see it below?
With both pots, I used transparent glaze, which looks crap! And dipped the bottoms in Tin White glaze, which looks equally crap! I like the patterns though. I took some of my drawings and translated it onto pottery, which was exciting. I need to find a way of drawing directly on rather than using the inlay technique though.
See, I’m all about the timesaving. The focus and time needs to be on building the foundations I think. That’s where the skill is.
These are both functional, wahey! One is a pen pot and the other, in the bathroom used for tweezers and the like.
I chucked some flowers in the honeycomb / seedpod pot I made, and voila – a vase!
A 69th birthday present for my Dad, a wise head, taking inspiration from Easter Island statues and Imhotep. when you put your hand on his head, it’s like receiving wisdom of luck. Shame he looks like he’s crying though, but thus is the unpredictable nature of glazing and kiln firing!
Hi blog, long time no blog. Here I am! Around Christmas time I got very much into making pots with faces at my pottery class. A great excuse to get on the wheel for the majority of the 12-weeks of the class, with a few sessions of nose-making in-between.
My favourite facepot / pothead is this one above. I used crackleglaze and tin white glaze over the top of that, which is a no-no in the world of pottery, nothing goes over crackle! But it made a lovely texture and colour, not dissimilar to a duck egg.
A few of the faces had feet, these were the most popular ones and flew off the shelf when I had a Christmas stall at the Picton Street Fayre to sell them all off.
My first play with terracotta, this chap wore his cactii perfectly