Since centering large amounts of clay is pretty difficult, I’ve been working on throwing “off the hump” which means you only center the TOP of the clay, shape it, then cut it off and center another top piece! It’s a great time saver when making smaller things! I need to work on cutting off the bottom and not wasting a lot of clay. It’s fun!!!!
Made some goblets. Pretty happy with these, although my consistency is still quite lacking. Stoked for the glaze to go on there. Rushed to get as much done before heading to Toronto to see my sister, so I will be leaving most of what I’ve made for @roadboe to glaze for me. Thanks, babe!
White-white chawan, tea bowl.
This clay is a mix of two bodies, speckled stoneware and porcelain. The stoneware body by itself fires to a dull cold gray color, the addition of porcelain gives the resulting body a nice brightness.
This specific piece has been thrown, faceted and altered off the hump along with some other drinking vessels. Then I usually turn them when they are leather hard to trim the foot and, in this particular case, to brush some white slip on the inside.
After going through the bisque firing I poured clear glaze on the inside and then dipped the rim in a white glaze. The resulting contrast between the two species of white is quite satisfactory to me. There is also something very special about the tension, between the perfectly circular inside shape and the outer facets and alterations. The first time I saw anyone throwing this way was @lisahammondpottery, unfortunately not in real life but on Youtube, through a documentary made by @goldmarkart. Shortly after I tried working this way to create Japanese tea bowls and I was totally hooked, this approach is so direct and sincere. I think working off the hump is my favorite, at the moment.
Last Southeast YMCA studio time/pottery sesh for (probably) awhile, but very excited to have thrown these ‘off the hump’ beauts (yup actual name)! If you don’t know what that means YouTube can totally help ;) Gonna miss it!! #ceramics#offthehump#humpday 🐫
Refining my process... Hanako Nakazato makes upwards of 6-8k pieces a year. For two weeks I worked next to this prolific master potter, listening, watching, and studying a swift yet free-spirited approach. I challenged myself to improve every facet of my work: tighter posture 🍋, longer sessions, using a gyubera or cow’s tongue (traditional Japanese tool), zero water, stronger pieces... attempting Hanako speed, and working with more clay than ever before. Early on the new approach totally kicked my ass, but I stuck with it. I’m confident my work will be stronger in the long-run for doing so. Looking forward to polishing these techniques for years to come and hoping to cross paths with @monohanako again. #clubmonohanako#formandrhythm#nofuss#greatanalogies
Making something on the wheel is referred to as throwing a pot. What I'm doing here is throwing off the hump 🤯. Pottery lingo 101 🤓. These little guys are incense holders that I'm shipping out to @leftoverhippies in Mission, BC next week. Can't get enough of her amazing 100% natural incense 💓💓