• Art,  Pottery

    Pottery- Nesting Bowls

    I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but the first round of beginner’s pottery wheel classes that I took turned out to be a complete fail because, by the last class, I couldn’t even do what we were taught in the first 20 minutes of instruction on day one.  It’s amazing how much a little more practice, along with the guidance of a good teacher can make all the difference in the world. I made this set of three bowls which are designed to nest neatly into one another.  The floral designs are carved onto them.  I applied slip onto each bowl for the first firing and then glazed…

  • Art,  Pottery

    Pottery- Kitchen Items

    I tried making a few kitchen items on the wheel.  This first one is a cup… I didn’t realize how much the pottery  actually shrinks when it goes through the fire twice.  The first  time for the bisque fire and then again after that the items are glazed and fired again.  The gold design you see on the pot is actually a stain that was done over-top the glaze. This second item was meant to be a creamer- the clay dried a little too much for me to be able to get a handle onto it though so it’s a creamer without a handle.   I really like how the…

  • Art,  Pottery

    More Pottery

    Here are a few more pieces of pottery that I made, this time I tried carving out designs into the clay before firing it.  This first piece is now being used as a pencil holder. The carving effect didn’t turn out as nicely as I would have liked… so, I will have to try another technique with the glazing when I attempt this again.  You can see only a faint shadow of the henna pattern that I attempted to carve into this piece.  I want the carvings to show up more clearly. I use this blue piece to hold some of my makeup brushes.  I am going to try and…

  • Art,  Pottery

    Unfinished Items (Pottery)

    I didn’t realize there were so many steps involved in making pots until I started making some of my own.  Throwing on the wheel and creating some pieces myself has given me a much deeper appreciation for this art form and admiration for people who do this on a continuous basis. The three little pots you see below were thrown on the wheel, dried for a few weeks to leather-like hardness before trimming, and then I covered them in a layer of slip before firing them in the kiln.  I will have to glaze these pots and fire them again one last time before they’re finally complete. For the small…

  • Art,  Pottery

    Pottery Wheel

    So, I took a pottery class a little while ago,  and this was my very first attempt at the pottery wheel.  I’ve been meaning to attempt the wheel for over a decade now but I never managed to get around to it.  I’ve finally had the chance/time to try the wheel out and I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I think that, because I do so many different artsy craftsy things, I expected myself to be able to pick up on pottery fairly quickly, but I couldn’t have been more  wrong.  For me, it was much harder than the instructor made it look.  I think it took me 4…