I’ve played with new shapes of late like bowls. As usual its a bit of trial and error, and then some more.The bowls have been a success in its various forms, that is until I’ve tried to get them off the wheel. I have considered drilling the wheel head and using bats, as this seems an easy option for getting around the problem of removing the bowls from the wheel. That would be too easy. So tomorrow I will try again with a bit more water and a little gentle push. Here is a new shape which I hope you like.
One of my objectives for this year was to try other forms, such as bowls. This of course is a natural progression from the jugs that I have made over the last year. I’ve enjoyed making the jugs since I first started on this new direction of my creative juices into ceramics. On my first wheel, which was a pottery turning wheel and very inappropriate for the task of throwing forms, I started to feel my way around the plasticity of the clay. I now find my self in a unique position, in that every small step I take leads to another possibility of creating. Creating what I can hear you say! I think by that last statement I am trying to covey the difficulty in getting too a consistency in my throwing. A lot of blogs I read jump to the finished forms they have created and don’t seem to reflect on the process of the journey at getting there. Throwing clay I have found is those small steps i mention earlier, is learning one hard lesson in that its got a memory.
Last week I was playing around on the wheel making small bowls. When in the process of trying to get a bowl off the wheel, it went out of shape because I had not fixed some paper over the top and so supporting it as it was removed. It was now a oval shape instead of round. Then a moment of you tube recall entered my head. I thought I had seen a clip on you tube where you just dropped a bowl onto a flat surface, where upon contact the bowl would regain its shape. O no, one part regained its shape, but caused the opposite side to collapse. I’ve kept it as I thought it would make a nice soap dish.