Thanks for popping in.
My name’s Barbara and I’m a Potterholic!
Just spent the whole morning at the wheel, throwing one pot after another after another after another! After so many months of no pottery, no clay, no wheel, I was convinced I’d have forgotten the skill-drill, and have to start at the very beginning. But not so! I was on a roll! And by the way, ready for some great alliteration? Smearing soap and spit on specs certainly stops steaming ! Yummy…
Once I realised I could still do it, (throw a pot girls, throw a pot), I set myself the task of mastering taller pulls…Oi!! Less of the smutty thinking! Anyway, it worked like a charm. Look! From right to left, in order of pullage….
I find it fascinating that all 4 are using pretty much exactly the same amount of clay. Can’t wait to get back there next Wednesday afternoon and turn them.
See how I nearly missed the tile on the first one below. You forget the simple tricks, like wheel to hand to tile, not wheel to tile!
Then I decided to push the pottery boat out, and go larger. So I doubled up on the clay and used a bat on the wheel, which is just like a wooden plate you place on a chamois leather on the wheel; then you don’t run the risk of wrecking larger pots when transferring from wheel to hand to tile; you just leave your creation on the bat. See?
Now the little one in front was another experiment. If you don’t try things, how will you ever know what you can or can‘t do, or what you enjoy or don’t enjoy? I mean to say, just look at your beautiful artwork on Clarity Worldwide this week!! Fantastic. But I digress…Did you watch the Pottery Throwdown, when they were throwing eggcups? They were throwing off the hump, as it’s called. This means you have a large lump of clay on your bat, but you only work off the top area, and then wire-cut your piece off the top of the lump – or the hump. See?
So the four little ones were thrown off the hump (bit wobbly, but I’ve got the idea, and they’ll turn up lovely). And they used as much clay together as one of the larger pots next door. Cool, innit.
I cannot wait to get back to them. And the coil pot I started on Wednesday. But tomorrow, tomorrow I need to get this SHAC-Shack spit spot, ready for Monday, when you all rock up at 10am! And I’d better practice my owls too! Or I’ll look like a right Twit-tawoo! Oh we shall have a hoot for sure!
When you find something that gives you joy, embrace it with both hands – literally. I have a list of creative things which give me joy: doodling, pottery, colouring, pottery, stamping, pottery, parchment, pottery, sewing, pottery, cooking, pottery, jigsaws – err, did I mention pottery?
Yes, grab it with both hands. Whatever your creative passion, it is a blessing, a gift and a wonderful journey.
Gottago. Off to dream about pottery.
Love and hugs