Strawberry, hazelnut and whipping cream.🍓 ☁️ In the meanwhile my cone 6 oxidation firing schedule seems to be properly tuned. 🙂 This was from one of the latest batch out of the kiln. Red stoneware, porcelain slip and clear glaze. 🎅🏿
Big thanks to everyone who came down to @finders_keepers over the weekend, your support is overwhelming and most certainly encouraging. Having a well deserved rest day today and then back into it again to restock 💫 I'm feeling like there should be more of these bowls in the world 😉 stay tuned... 💛💛
Practicing throwing off the hump. I'm no less consistent than usual, but I can throw these much faster than individual balls of clay. The weight is consistent though which I'm happy about. All these cups use between 175 and 200 grams of clay. Considering this is my first attempt at this skill, I think that's pretty good. #offthehook#offthehump#pottery#ceramics#stoneware#wheelthrown#instapottery
Three of my wee glaze test bowls... standing in a row. ( Honestly, since bottle making last week I can't get 'ten green bottles' out of my head !) I've cut wee grooves into these so that when I am glaze testing, you can see what happens when the glaze breaks. I've also made a wee hole in the foot ring so that I can hang them up . No point in having glaze tests piled in a forgotten box - having them on the wall will create a visual 3D mood board .
I really enjoyed making these. As they are only for tests they can be made extremely quickly and efficiently. Throwing them off the hump allows a rythm to develop and creates beautiful unique pieces. They may only be tests but no reason why they can't be beautiful too !
tiny pots in the lovely 221 blue. left a lot of room for the glaze to crawl, but it didn’t even move a millimeter!! didn’t expect that with a glaze so thick it closed up the hole of the tallest pot. also lost the smudged edge detail on the same pot - maybe I dipped it too long after all? ewan haha the middle pot isn’t from the same batch as the rest; it’s pure thai clay and I have no idea why I decided to separate this from its group but it’s here now!! grogless exposed bottom and all!!!!! and finally, yes, I sanded through the bottom of the last pot lmao I also threw in a hand pic for scale (these are tiny okay!!! mariahs waist could never!!!!!) ok moving on to non pottery things: wow photographing these lil fellas annoyed the living fuck outta me cos they’re so small..... and the #natural light changes all the time... and I use an iphone... without a tripod or makeshift stand or whateva cos I didn’t wanna think too much and like damn I 1/2 miss shooting and the #prod life and 1/2 fuck it basta may picture rak na yan!!! wala pa ring clear direction buhay ko obviously lol pero peksman magththrow na ako sa november.... cheka
Swipe ➡️➡️ to see what this beauty looked like while it was still in the greenware stage. I loved the details I put in it, and I’m a little sad the glaze filled some of it in but IM IN LOVE WITH THIS GLAZE COMBO. Be prepared to see sooooo much for of this!! #claylove#matteblack#ottoscrystalblue
I got some questions about making vessels ‘off the hump’ yesterday. The idea is to make lots of pots from a single, large piece of clay. I’ve seen this used mostly in Korea, Japan and China. The alternative is to weigh up lots of identical balls of clay and make a pot from each one. I’ve seen this mostly in Europe and the USA. Both can be very efficient if the aim is to make lots of very similar, small pieces like cups. Throwing off the hump involves isolating a handful of clay at the top of the spinning ‘hump’, forming the vessel in the usual way and then cutting it off the hump using a loose piece of thread (that was a magical moment when I first saw it done; it felt like it shouldn’t have worked!). Because the hump is quite narrow at the top there is a limit to how wide a vessel can be: there is not enough clay to support the weight of a large, flat plate, for example. You also need to trim the bottom of every pot because the cutting-off process is never perfectly horizontal or flat. On the other hand you don’t need to weigh out the clay for each piece: you just estimate how much to use at the top of the hump. With practice you can gauge almost identical amounts using your hand as a size guide. The bottleneck for income is hardly ever not being able to throw enough pots in a day (it’s mostly the inability to sell everything you make), therefore few potters need to be ruthlessly efficient throwers, so I think any difference in efficiency between these two techniques is negligible. I find throwing off the hump the most interesting because I actively want to make differently sized pieces in each batch. This teapot was thrown off the hump, or rather each of its parts were, then assembled later when they were ‘leather hard’. I would have found it less fun to weigh out a ball for the body, another for the lid and a third for the spout. As usual these things come down to how you learned rather than any inherent advantage of one technique over the other. I just happened to learn to throw off the hump by watching videos of potters from South East Asia. Speaking of whom I’m really looking forward to visiting the amazing @moondobang tomorrow..
Set of cups, yunomi inspired shape, thrown off the hump using a black clay and then faceted and altered while still soft on the wheel. These clear and light blue glazed vessels are part of the pots I got out of my last oxidation firing. The black clay I used must have a good amount of colorants inside and they often create aberrations or even defects in the final results. It plays nicely with this glaze combination though.
Twelve bowls. Twenty five pounds of clay.
My new damp closet is working perfectly - keeping these bowls almost sticky wet overnight, which is saying a lot in 20% humidity!
My idea for these bowls is that they can be alternatively serving bowls or individual bowls for a one dish meal. They're that sort of size.
The clay is Buff Stoneware from @continentalclay in Denver.
A series of mini items. The bowl is a smaller version of a few others in larger size, the other items are teeny vessels that are only a 5 or 6 cm. high. On the little blue cylinder, I love how the glaze ran down to end in a little bulbous drip (and not hit the kiln head). #offthehump#morepractise#GECC#littlethingsmeanalot