Thanks for popping in. It’s pottery this afternoon, so I’ve been obsessing about what to do. Christmas is looming, want to make gifts – so I’m going on the wheel today. It’s by far the fastest way forward. And now I’ve learned how to use a bat as well, my olive dishes have turned into salad bowls! Well, let’s say cereal bowls… look?
See these little diddy ones? So that was pretty exciting, even to get to that stage! But then, I wanted to get bigger. Correction. I wanted to throw bigger pots. Getting bigger is coming very naturally to this old frame of mine! Especially around the midriff! No no. It’s the POTS and BOWLS I want to grow – not the jean size!
Now follow the development from left to right. See the first two are sitting on tiles? That’s the point. When you throw a pot or bowl on the wheel, you often wreck it when you transfer it from the wheel to the tile. And the bigger the pot gets, the wobblier it is, and the more likely you are to dink it or distort it when sliding it onto said tile.
So I went from throwing directly on the metal wheel, to throwing on a so-called bat, which is the round wooden platter that you can see the next 4 are sitting on. You lift the whole bat off the wheel, bowl and all!
How does the wooden bat stick to the wheel? Good question. You lay a kind of chamois cloth on the wheel and then place the bat on that. It clings. All technical stuff, you know! I love it!
So now we can go large!
The bats get bigger too. Look out world! She’s got big bats, HUGE bats – and she’s not afraid to use them!
Shall I show you what happened next to all those thrown pots? Turning turning turning…. this is like a proper before and after shaping session. Look!
Some of them went in the Raku fire, and some of them went in the kiln last week. So now I’m off to pottapottapottery, to see how they came out! Here they are, all glazed, sitting quietly on the To-be-fired shelf.
It’s wheelie exciting. Am I mad? Maybe. But I bloody love it. I go to sleep thinking about it. I wake up thinking about it. Pottery ladies, pottery!
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