I’m really behind on my posting, so I’m just going to put a bunch of pictures of things in progress. When (if?) I get them back safely from glaze firing, then I’ll post them again.
These two are of the same bowl. I did some “chattering” on the bottom when I was trimming to add texture. This guy was Leslie Happy clay, and is being bisque fired.
These four include the Blowfish Vase, the Chattered Bowl from above, and my first attempts at a plate and a bowl. These are in bisque firing now.
This bowl has been set out to dry. I attempted to throw an orb, but I’m hella slow so it got kind of floppy before I could finish. I decided to just roll the rim over and make a bowl. I trimmed a gouge about 2/3 of the way up to catch some glaze. I’m thinking yellow salt for this one because it responds to texture so nicely.
Some more pieces for glazing… this is the “Big Mug?” from before as well as another textured cup that I did. To interpret my chicken scratch, they are both waxy white on the inside. The cup is Rutile Blue on the outside. The Big Mug was dipped in Rutile Blue (top half of the bowl) and Copper Red for the bottom… should come out interesting.
I finally got my first pots back from glaze firing. There was a bit of a mix-up in the glaze lids, but at any rate the two reddish ones were glazed with Copper Red on the outside and Persimmon on the inside. The other one was Rutile Blue on the outside with Persimmon on the inside. My dip was way too long (8 seconds) for glaze so thick, so unfortunately I lost some of the texture in the form. Next time I will use a quicker dip to retain the texture. The gouged pot and the blue pot are both Berkeley Potter’s Studio special recycled clay. The Mushroom Pot was Leslie Ceramics’ Happy Clay.
A lot of activity with pottery lately… trying to catch up on my posts. This vase is called the “Blowfish Vase”. It was made with Leslie Ceramics Happy clay. Currently it is in the bisque fire stage… I’m still deciding how to glaze it.
When I trimmed the foot, I used a plastic take-out container for soup as a chuck. It seemed to work pretty well.
Here is a picture of a little sculpture I did with bricks leftover from a demolition. Nothing fancy, just messing with composition and texture.
A new pot, fresh off the wheel. I’m not sure whether it’s a flat bottomed bowl or a really big mug. I guess I’ll figure it out after I fire the thing. Assuming I don’t turn it into a flower pot when I trim the thing….
Stay tuned for more pottery action… I actually get to glaze my first pieces this week! woot!
This past weekend I attended a workshop at Yoga Loft in SF by Daria Halprin of the Tamalpa Institute (http://www.tamalpa.org) on Movement and the Life/Art Process. The workshop used movement,drawing, and words to explore embodied awareness and tap into the intelligence of my body.
This drawing was the result of a movement/drawing/sharing exercise in which we were instructed to move in such a way as to explore the question “Where am I physically, emotionally, mentally in my life right now?”. The image of the bird shot with an arrow appeared in my head immediately at the end of the movement exercise, and I drew it almost immediately. Then, we got in groups of three and held our own drawing while another member of the group explored it through movement. It was much more difficult for me to hold this up and watch someone dance my drawing than it was for me to dance someone else’s drawing, despite my aversion to dance. After we watched others dance our drawing, we were then instructed to dance our own drawing.
This was a very special experience for me because I think it was the first time in my life that I’ve ever been referred to as “graceful”.