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« on: April 29, 2008 08:41:56 PM »

I took a ceramics class at our local junior college because I missed putting my hands in clay. This is one of my favorite things I've ever made, a coil pot I worked on for several weeks.








I found the process quite relaxing, especially applying the rolled coils to the layer beneath it, smoothing out the lumps and bumps, trying to make it look as though it was thrown on the wheel (although a little haphazardly, I admit). Since there were hundreds of items being fired at the school, it was a bit of a circus act to get this pot fired without losing any of the butterflies but it came through just fine. While it was drying, though, someone bumped their piece up against mine and one of the wings broke off. The instructor suggested I use vinegar to repair it and it worked beautifully, even I can't tell which one it is.

I also made 3 itty-bitty slab pots that were fired in a trash can overnight. They were burnished, not glazed, but the burnishing process gave them a shine so they didn't need it. When they came out of the fire they were the neatest 'color' of black and natural clay. I loved, loved, loved the burnishing process, it was calming and didn't take any real thought. I would like to pursue this at home and learn to fire them in the same way. Maybe I'll take pictures of the 2 I have left (I gave one to one of my brothers) and post them as well.

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008 08:47:28 PM »

The butterfly pot is beautiful! It is just gorgeous.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008 08:58:41 PM »

How fabulous can it get!! Your pot is wonderful. Kind of Arts and Crafts in feel also.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008 09:00:14 PM »

I love this! so beautiful...
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008 09:17:27 PM »

Gorgeous! I am in a ceramics class now and I made this real big vase that I can't wait to bring home! Smiley

We got to throw on the wheel too, but I stink at it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008 10:18:56 PM »

Gosh, thank you, everyone! I feel validated... or something special like that.

Teresa_T, I love the Arts and Crafts era and take what you said in the highest regard.

Tcha345, post some pics when you get to bring you stuff home, I'd love to see your work. And I know exactly what you mean about the wheel, thought I'd love it but ended up dreading it, made some ugly stuff, too. (I get motion sickness and it just made me feel pukey.)

Thanks for your comments, too Titancia and mmmary, they really brightened my night.

~Dorothy

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008 11:59:08 PM »

Very cute pot. I love the color and butterflies. I'm impressed they survived in a school kiln!!
I took a class in high school, and we did the burned pieces too, and I agree that it's such an interesting color. It's so different than anything you could just produce in a glaze, and cooler knowing it's from being in a fire!! hehe
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008 08:29:17 AM »

Hey, brought the vase home and it's posted if you want to go check it out! Smiley http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243494.0
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008 08:55:53 AM »

Heyyyyy! Nice work! (I left a comment over on your post.) The carving you did on your vase was totally unexpected, very pretty, and I'm so envious of your talent! I can't free-hand like that, gotta have some sort of pattern to follow. I like the color, too, it allows the natural color of the clay to come through. I used the same color glaze for a few of the pots I threw on the wheel because I used an underglaze on a few of 'em.

I'm going to take pictures right now of my miniature pots and post 'em in a little bit. Can't wait to see more of your work!

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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2008 09:39:59 AM »

Okie dokie, Pokie, here's the pics I promised. This is the type of work I'd like to do more of, but I need to learn the firing process so I can do it at home.









I love how the fire licked the surface and left its mark. Even though they're not glazed I'm amazed at the shine they retained from the burnishing process.

Oops! Modified to add that these are slab pots, formed by using a slab of clay and 'manipulated' into shape. This was a required project made in the same ceramics class I did the butterfly pot.
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