Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A little bit of trial and a lot of error

Yesterday I tried my hand at a new technique. I've never thrown a huge pot, I've never learned how to! But a fellow potter posted some pics from a recent workshop so I thought I'd give it a shot. I threw a few bases a little small so that I could just try out the technique without the added pressure of keeping an enormous amount of clay under my thumb! After throwing a base, I let the pot "set up" a bit. My blow torch was a hair dryer. Then you add coils.

My coil adding went pretty well. I tried it a few different times but ultimately something failed each time. The first base wasn't tall enough to begin, I didn't let another get stiff enough (patience is key), I threw the coils of another out further than the base could handle and it split where the wall meets the wheel. I loved it. I'll give it another shot some time soon and let you know how it goes! Any potters' have advise?

1 comment:

  1. No advice -- just a note to say that last photo is priceless! Keep smiling!