I have recently been on some more pottery classes which focused on hand building rather than throwing. It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities out there and I have enormous admiration for hand builders who create those practically perfect vases and bowls without the aid of wheels and moulds.
Anyway, on with what I have been doing. My only slab built effort: a box or tea caddy, made from red clay, fired to earthenware with textures, coloured slip and turquoise crackle glaze.
I made a really pathetic coil vase - its not worth showing - but I love making pinch pots. These were from my first 3-week taster course, also red clay fired to earthenware. With coloured slips and glazes. The one in front has holes incised and given to a friend to use as a floating candle (singular) holder. They are about 8cmx6cmx5cm each. The one behind has a pouring lip.
By the end of the first course, my pinchpots were much larger, such as this stoneware pouring bowl in crank clay with tenmoku glaze inside. Its about 15x14x5cm and is my favourite
. Well, tenmoku has taken over from celadon as my favourite glaze.
I made this pinch pot on the first day of the next 3-week course for experimental pinch and coil pots. Its made in Draycott White, fired to stoneware, with chili oxide underglaze and clear shiny glaze. Its about 12x11x6cm
Lastly, here is a pinched pie plate, made from stoneware Draycott White. It was coloured in yellow slip then fired with celadon glaze to give it the rather olivey colour. Its not perfect, but I like its organic-ness, but only small at 16x16x3cm so a single pie serving.
I think that is it for now, I am waiting to pick up some items from glaze firing including first time porcelain use (not for the faint-hearted or the slap-dash like me
) and I won't bore you with the success-challenged efforts. Thanks for looking and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.