Sunday, March 6, 2011
Here are the three lids finshed. I bore a hole under the knob to prevent explosion during firing.
Next I cut the spout at a 30 degree angle and punch holes in the marked place on the vessel to allow the soy sauce to flow. The spout and the vessel are both etched and covered with slip before I firmly press the spout into place. Using my fingertips I smooth the clay to make it look like one piece.
Next I pull each handle by hand.
The handles are attached with etching and slip. I used a bit of paper towel to hold some of the weight from the top handle until the clay has time to harden.
All of the pieces are put into my damp cabinet to give the clay time to rest and catch-up with itself. They will sit here for a day or two before being moved to my greenware shelf. There they will stay for a week or two until they are bone dry.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sometimes I begin with a drawing, others with a mental picture. Once I know where I am headed I weigh out the clay. For this piece I am using cone 5 porcelain. The next step is to wedge the clay to get out any air bubbles.
Next I slap the ball down on a bat centered on the wheel head. I then cone the clay and press it back down urging the clay into the center.
Now that the clay is centered I begin to open it up by pressing with one finger through the middle. I stop about 1/4 inch from the bottom and pull towards myself. After that I am ready to begin pulling the piece upwards by starting at the bottom and applying even pressure from my inner and outer hands. This causes the clay to lift up from the bat.
Now I am ready to begin shaping the piece. As I glide up the wall I am applying pressure from my inner hand to belly out the bottom half. At the neck I am doing the reverse. This is going to be a lidded piece so I create a beveled rim to give the lid somewhere to sit.
I made three pieces in the same way so that I could experiment with different shapes for this project. It also gives me room for error as there are so many places in the process that a piece can be destroyed. These pieces then go on my drying rack where they will sit until they are leather hard.
The spout is thrown and then cut off with a wire. I throw many different shapes and sizes. Until the clay is leather hard I really can't hold it up to the vessel to see what makes a good fit so I like to give myself choices for later.
Now I have to let everything sit overnight to harden before I can start to assemble!
Monday, November 1, 2010
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