Pottery Mouth and Ceramic Teeth

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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.

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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.

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Lilac + Sun Yellow textured pots

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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.

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Fast pot making

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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.

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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.

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These are both functional, wahey! One is a pen pot and the other, in the bathroom used for tweezers and the like.

Pots with Faces

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.

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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.

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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.

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My first play with terracotta, this chap wore his cactii perfectly

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