Tomorrow is the bisque deadline, and I have been away from class for two weeks now, since I had the raku firing last weekend, and had my personal life interfering with my pottery the last two Wednesdays. So my extruded clay was pretty stiff, and the slabs would have been too dry if I hadn't already snuck into the studio yesterday and added wet paper towels and re-wrapped them in plastic. Fredi had encouraged us to make a set of stacking containers, and today I decided to give it a try. I think the result is pretty good (better than I expected, actually). I made two containers, the top one with a very nice fitting lid :
I have a feeling this would go very nicely in a wood or soda firing. But I don't have any scheduled any time soon. So I'll need to decide whether to save this stack for a future firing. But I won't be able to rush it through this term anyhow (the bisque deadline is tomorrow, and the glaze deadline the following weekend).
Anyhow, I also trimmed up two vases I had started previously. It seemed to take forever (over an hour, anyhow), to trim up those two vases. But I'm relatively happy with the results.
I wasn't really supposed to start anything new, and didn't have much time anyhow, but I ended up throwing two small items, which could become mugs or just vases. I tried an idea I saw on Instagram the other day, to press in some of my brown trimmings into the white clay. But I think I'd need to apply a bit of slip next time, so that they stick better. And I guess I forgot to take photos.
I also threw a very beautiful half-sphere bowl, which I intend to trim smooth on the outside, so it will double as either a slump mould or hump mould. I have lots of ideas already for how I want to use it.
I did remember to take photos of a couple other small items I was also working on, but I can't post them yet, as one of the items is also destined to be a Christmas gift. So I think that's it for now.
I have two more sessions, Wednesday and Sunday, and more items to glaze than I'll probably get done in that time. But I'll do my best to at least get all the mugs going, and the leaf plates. Since those may be items which would be of interest to Hemlock Coffee (Agassiz) patrons.