Tagged: Pots

New leap forward

It’s a new Year if you did`nt already  know. This is the time when you are forced to make some fast and hard decisions, as for one thing it gets boring listening to yourself making the same excuses. So what are my plans for the new year? Quite a few as it happens as I will soon get my kiln, which will enable me to glaze and fire my pots. This might sound like, do bears shit in the woods! But yes and no, yes they do and no in that I will now have to start thinking about more throwing, which means more shapes and a bigger learning curve in mixing glazes and firing a kiln to capacity. Also  I have been told that my work will be part of a pop up shop in York in 2015. So me and the bears have some **** to get together.

Different shapes in the clay

I have gone with the flow as I've thrown my pots to see what different shapes are possible using two pounds of clay. Also I have switched back to a pound of clay at times, which feels strange at the time too believe that you can produce small jugs or just pots from this amount of clay. One thing that has happened, is I have started right back at the beginning, in that every time i have changed the amount of clay on the wheel, I have struggled to get the form I have desired. I have not been using a rib to get my shapes, but using the feel of the clay to determine the shape. This is all very trial and error on my part as I am still learning the nature of the clay and how it behaves. Again as I have mention in a previous post a little lack of concentration, can change the make-up of the piece. Hey, sounding a little pretentious? I hope not! One good thing I have mastered, is pulling up the clay to make a collar of clay on the pot, which makes a big difference when I can remember to do it!