Saturday, October 3, 2009
New Clay, New Pots
I've been making faceted bowls for years, throwing thickly and then cutting facets after a bowl or cylinder was roughly finished, but this week I started making them differently. I caught a bit of a YouTube video of someone(sorry, can't remember who it was) throwing a very thick cylinder with a bowl-like bottom, cutting the facets, and then opening a bowl from the inside with dry fingers. The dry fingers pushing out the wall of the pot torques the clay and distorts the facets as the bowl walls open. The result is dynamic motion in the pot. I like the look of it. We'll see how it looks in the glaze firing.
I'm planning on firing in about ten days, so that I'll have new pots for the Wellfleet OysterFest, a big two-day oyster and craft fair at the far eastern side of Cape Cod Oct. 17-18.