Thanks for popping in. Just surfaced from the pottery studio after about 8 hours of play! Like a mole coming out of its hole! Where does the time go?! I think that when you find your passion, you transcend time. It’s like turning inwards, creating a kind of shield around yourself which blocks out time. That’s how it is for me with pottery. I am very fortunate to have a husband who gets me.
Last week in class we learned about Nerikomi – a Japanese technique for creating patterns with colored clay (porcelain). Some of the work I have seen by the masters of their art is absolutely spectacular.
I’ve tried it before, so I had a rough idea where we were headed. But I got so immersed in the process, so absorbed in the pattern work, that the lesson flew by, everybody else had built their pots, done their Nerikomi, cleaned up their workspace, and left the building – and I was still fiddling with the coloured clay patterns! This was it! 3 hours, and I managed the start of a tiny bowl!
Solution! Brought it home to finish, so that I wouldn’t get behind in class! Speed is not a requirement when you are learning a passion.. And today I used up just about every last piece of that coloured clay! Well, you would if you spent that long making it!
I rolled it out and then decided to try a couple of pendants. I’ll show you the finished pieces when I have refined them.
Then I made a couple of funky cylinders with a flash of Nerikomi and matching feet. Needs to dry now, so I can refine the porcelain.
I made a couple of larger bowls – they’re in the drying room – and I attempted an inlay tile too – also in said drying room. Forgot to take photos at the critical point! Way too focussed on the job. I’ll show you the finished tile. Hope it works! Here’s the porcelain tile structure, all ready to take the Nerikomi! It’s a little like mosaic, but harder because the porcelain is so temperamental.
Who knows. It may be rubbish when it’s done. But I have learnt so much! What to do – and what not to do!
After tea I shall go and throw four bowls on the wheel. Correction: I shall attempt to throw four identical bowls. It‘s a numbers game with me! If you throw enough of them, you’re bound to get a matching pair eventually!!Oh! And I also want to repair that broken Raku bowl with gold. Kintsugi. It’s dry enough now.
Did I leave the house this weekend? Physically, no. Spiritually, for sure.
Love and Hugs
Hope you’re enjoying your Bank Holiday as much as I am!