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« on: July 29, 2010 11:02:45 AM »

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. Cool

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 Grin. 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 Tongue) and I won't bore you with the success-challenged efforts. Thanks for looking and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

Keep crafting! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2010 11:33:03 AM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010 11:33:55 AM »

Those are all beautiful pieces.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010 11:59:20 AM »

Nice work. I especially like the slab-built box. It's beautiful and well-crafted. The lid fits, the angles are sharp and square, the sides are straight, and the glaze is gorgeous. Very professional, especially for your single effort at slab-building. Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010 03:12:31 PM »

Thank you Seraphina_de_Sangre, kjlutz and claydazeCheesy I was particularly pleased at how the box turned out, as we heard lots horror stories of side seams and handles cracking in the kiln.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010 03:52:10 AM »

i love the box. its a good straight shape and the colours are gorgeous! i love the unusual shape of the handle too but my favourite is the bowl in the third photo. i love the contrast between the sand like appearance of the bowl and sleek black interior Kiss
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2010 04:54:59 PM »

agreed with maxxev on the bowl. It looks like those rocks that are rough on the outside but crack open to reveal crystals on the inside.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010 03:39:11 PM »

Thank you maxxev and pink_pamplemousse. There is actually a glaze that creates crystalline effects like a geode and you can get black crank clay...hmmm, the possibilities.... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010 07:51:54 PM »

I absolutely love, love, love all of them! They are so gorgeous! You've inspired me to learn the art of pottery.
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2010 03:07:07 PM »

thanks hjherold, you won't regret it...it is utterly addictive! Grin
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