I have been doing lots of pottery lately, and by "lots" I meant I have enrolled in four Saturday courses over a total of 27 weeks - I would like to do more but unfortunately the bank insists that I pay the mortgage and work. Do they not understand crafting comes first???
I have completed two courses so far and have two to go. I am slowly getting more "discerning" when it comes to keeping work so I have recycled more than I fired. Even so, here are a selection of the best ones (in my opinion) from those two classes.
This one is a pinched porcelain vase fired to stoneware, made from two pinch pots joined together. As I'm sure most of you who pot know, porcelain is a 'mare to work with and this was no exception. Still it has no cracks, even if the celadon glaze turned out a little too kharki for my tastes.
This is a small pinched red clay footed bowl, fired to earthenware and glazed with tin white...the glaze is a little too thin but I like the delftware effect.
My second attempt at coil work. Made with extruded coils, with lugs for handles it is fired to earthenware with a tin white and lusty red glazes. I love lusty red glaze, but it never turns out the slightest bit red for me.
On to thrown work. This piece is made in the most gorgeous clay to throw with, millenium white. Fired to stoneware, I glazed it simply in turquoise.
A little saki cup, made in draycott white, fired to stoneware and glazed with Danish Blue.
My first tea cup to survive stoneware firing with no cracks. Yay! This one was decorated with black slip and glazed with celadon. At least the celadon is not so kharki this time.
A coffee cup, made with draycott white. Some hairline cracks appeared inside after the bisque firing, so we used some mender to fix it before glazing in Lusty Red. I wiped back the glaze with a spong to reveal the incised image. Next time I am going to remove all the glaze on the outside.
Finally the last of today's photos. This is just a small dipping bowl, but I am so proud of it as it is pratically perfectly centred. Unfortunately you cannot see any of the slip decoration as the trans green glaze seems to have gone a little weird in the kiln, but I still like the way it turned out.
Hopefully no-one has fallen asleep by now. Thank you so much for letting me show off my latest babies. Any comments are gratefully received.