Day 29: 100 Pots in 100 Days
Day 29

Day 29: 100 Pots in 100 Days

News and Diary

So today my father spoke to me again about different things I might do to improve my skills with regard to throwing.

He said that I should experiment with different forms, different types of clay and use larger amounts of clay. 

Today I made a vase which is a new shape for me. I pulled it up as a straight sided cylinder and then pulled the top out. I like the look of tapered vases so I pushed the bottom in with my hands in order to make the base smaller. I used a ball that was almost 2.5lb in weight. The vase is a shape I have not made before either.

He also suggested that I try a technique called ‘collaring in’, this is a technique that I used in the photographed pot below. The technique requires the potter to push the pot in using their fingers. As you can see the neck of the bottle is tapered at the top. The pictured pot below is my first try at this. The pot below is also a different clay with iron in it. Not sure of the name but I will get it for you. The clay is softer and feel s a little sticky. I found it different and throwing was less intuitive. I think I need to be more careful abut adding water. I will see how I go tomorrow.

News 

A little update on the pots I have made so far – the last lot are in the kiln today being biscuit fired. I think that this will mean I have fired 30 pots from the 100 pots in 100 days, Fired all 36 from my original practice sessions and glazed 10.

I am looking forward to glazing the 100 pots selection. I also turned yesterdays pot (no 28) and the pot from the day before (pot 27). I will take a picture and add the photographs to the relevant days.

On the decoration front – I continued burnishing the pot I started yesterday (Day 26). I really like burnishing and I am looking forward to using a fine slip (terra sigillata) and finding out how they colour and pattern using slip that is then burnished

Pot of the Day Process Gallery

Thrown

With this pot I took up the challenge of throwing more clay.

I also wanted to make a particular shape. I started with a shape in my head and I did it. This is not a common occurrence for me so I had proud moment.

Clay type: Earthstone Stoneware Original White Clay. This clay was recommended to me by Caroline at Ashbrook ceramics and I must say I prefer it to the heavily gorged clay my dad uses that made my fingers bleed! Hence the socks on my arms - in case you were wondering why I was wearing socks in my videos.

Turned and decorated

When you turn pots you discover how uneven they are! I left this pot a little too long. I have not got the hang of turning it when the pot is a perfect dryness. I seem to either leave it too long or do it too quickly and either the pot warps or I dent it.

Decoration: With this pot I decided to use glaze as the decoration.

Biscuit Fired


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Alternative Pot Process Gallery

Thrown

This is my first attempt at collaring in. I made the base so thin it fell over. Oops!

Clay: Toasted Stoneware - hearthstone

Turned and Decorated

I turned the bottom which made the pot more stable. I have made a hole in the bottom to help it dry for the biscuit firing. The pot is quite heavy and dad thought it might take a while to dry.

Decoration: I have decorated with both burnished and sgraffito.

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