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PlumCrafty
« on: February 27, 2010 03:13:49 PM »

I finally managed to do a thrown pottery course; I've been wanting to do pottery since primary school when my last attempt with clay resulted in a cat ashtray (don't ask, I was a weird child...and neither of my parents smoked cigarettes Undecided). My class was six weeks, and it was definitely a case of being thrown in at the deep end.

This is the result of the six weeks (bar two slightly taller ones still being glaze fired), some turned out better than hoped, some had more unexpected result but I am reasonably pleased with this lot. Cheesy


This is probably my favourite, a kind of bud vase. Its about 5cm tall  Grin


I love this one too, its the one with the bluey green outside, because this is what happens when you melt marbles.... Cool


This one I just love the colours on the outside and the resist on the inside.... Cheesy


Edit 14-Mar -- Picked the last of my pots yesterday, of which I am quite proud. The glazes were still surprises, but not unwelcome one. Both pots are about 10cm high.


Hope you all like them too, comments/feedback always appreciated
Happy viewing and happy crafting
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010 03:25:05 PM »

That looks good.  I was never able to do stuff on the wheel in art class...I did a painting project instead.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010 04:32:23 PM »

oh these are beautiful, I have always wanted to do some work with a pottery wheel too, I envy you!
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010 05:16:47 PM »

The glazes turned out awesome. You may be a natural at this since all these vessels are really nice. Did you already book another class to play with clay again soon? Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010 05:19:46 PM »

LOVE them all... and would love to have some of them!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010 02:53:27 AM »

Thanks everyone! Cheesy

Dustyfro - I do painting too, on Fridays, but that is a year long course. We started off in acrylics and are now on to oils

Belruel - go for it, its never too late....

sum1smuma - I didn't think I was a natural on the first day! I have another class that clashes with the next Saturday course, but I am thinking of swapping it for the pottery (if there is space available...pottery is so popular)

In case anyone is interested, the largest piece is the olive green bowl on the left...that is about 13cm wide and about 7cm high, whereas the smallest bowl right in front is only 7 cm wide and about 4 cm high.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010 07:05:13 AM »

Your pottery is gorgeous!  I just love the diversity of the pieces.  Nice work.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010 02:18:38 AM »

cool idea with the marbles!

such a beautiful effect.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2010 09:39:59 AM »

These are MARVELOUS! Especially for a first attempt.  Wow.

I can't wait to try my hand at the wheel. I LOVE clay, and do some sculpting, but have not yet attempted this type thing.  The thing with the marbles was a great idea! After all, they're just glass, right?

Fantastic.... keep up the good work!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2010 03:37:40 AM »

In case any one is interested, I have uploaded a photo the last of my pots in the first post. The larger "vase" turned out well, but not quite as I had envisaged, and I love the effect on the column pot, even if it is not straight!

Thank you so much pinokeeo (ps love the new avatar). Cheesy

It was my tutor's idea, Maxxev, and one I will be stealing to use with all sorts of glass when I do my next course... Wink

Thank you so much Anna Becca, I love clay too so am now in the process of signing up for more courses.... Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2010 01:45:57 PM »

these are great!!

i did pottery some 20 years ago and struggled awfully on the wheel... after about 2 years i still got wonky pots....so altho i just could not get the knack i still loved it - it was such fun!!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010 06:32:34 AM »

LOVE THEM!!! I wish I could do this.
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2010 06:56:17 AM »

Wow thats is awesome.  I wish I had that skill or could find a class like that.
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2010 05:43:56 PM »

I love all the glazes you chose! I also really love the "kinda bud vase",  the white one with the brown strokes that look like tree branches. What clay body did you use?

It has taken me 1 1/2 years to start making the kinds of vessels that *you* made your first course. I'm impressed!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2010 10:19:10 AM »

Thank you UUmom2many, SherNWT and Hippie9 for your lovely comments. The clay used was a either St Thomas or Draycott White - the little white one is St Thomas, with a black oxide wax resist and tin white glaze.
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« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2010 09:57:12 AM »


You did a great job. I'm amazed that you produced such nice pieces with so little experience. I took a pottery class years ago and I could never get the clay centered on the wheel well enough that anything turned out well. I could do "pinch pots" but that was about it. Raku glazes turned out great though.  Smiley

I love the colors on this one:





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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2010 02:27:16 PM »

I'm super curious about melting marbles in the bottoms of things!! did you fire it at a cone 10? or maybe a cone 6? I figure glass melts around 1,000-1200 degrees so i'm wondering if a cone 10 firing would be too much for them?
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2010 05:38:00 AM »

Lovely work! I really like the glaze combinations the colours you've selected work really well together.
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2010 02:55:31 PM »

Lex87, you would not believe how many I threw and discarded to get this little lot...luckily for us, our college reclaims all the clay so we can throw as much as we want! That particular one was celadon glaze, red and blue underglaze and wax resist with black oxide...nothing like using as many decorating techniques as possible! Wink

Johnarae89, I am not sure what the cones are used in our oven, but was fired to stoneware, and done at the glazing stage so I think maybe 1200 degrees, whatever that works out to be. Just be aware, that too much glass will bulge your pot so less is definitely more. I learnt the hard way.... Tongue

Thank you so much, littlewrenpottery, glad you liked 'em.
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2011 05:21:19 PM »

Wow, thank you sweets4ever, I really appreciate this  Shocked ... all the lovely peeps on Craftster are so supportive and complimentary. Cool
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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2011 06:50:23 PM »

Very nice -unbelieveable for your first attempt.  I hand build but am really afraid to try out the wheel.  I think you are a natural!
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2011 04:53:22 PM »

Thanks so much ChristieAnn. I find I am also more adept at handbuilding but want to become proficient in throwing so its practice, practice, practice.  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2011 05:41:46 AM »

Those are really beautiful Smiley
If my first attempts turn out even half as good as yours I really need to try pottery out, too  Grin
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