This is my first ceramics-related post from 3 Aug 2013 :
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As my kids are now 14 and 12, and we have enough highly competent people at work that I don't need to feel responsible for everything anymore, I finally decided this summer to do something entirely for myself. I have been wanting to learn and play with ceramics for years now, and finally signed up for a course.
It was an ideal course for me, since it was for all skill levels, not just beginners. I find that I learn pretty quickly, so I wanted a challenge. It was even better than my expectations. The instructor, Sabrina, was super helpful and patient, and demonstrated and tempted us to try many different techniques. The other students were an amazing group. I owe so much to each of them, for their inspiration, and encouragement, and for being so open with their tips and suggestions. I signed up for a course, but what I discovered was a community of wonderful and talented people. I am already signed up again for another course in September, and in January also.
This is a record (probably more for me than for anyone else, and includes my glaze notes) of the many (22 !) creations which I brought home earlier this week, after my 4 week ceramics course (which was twice a week for 3 hours followed by a 4 hour workshop). I am really pleased that I ended up with a few interesting pieces, but more importantly, each one represents a lot of learning - both of what worked and what failed. All were made from grey stoneware.
I would love to hear from you if you enjoyed any of these.
#19 - This was the piece which was successfully feathered, but adding rings of Turquoise, Blue and White slip on the inside while the clay was still quite moist. Then the pattern was created by pulling a small stem from the center outward. The inside walls were Blue slip, and the outside walls are Black slip. The whole piece was sprayed in Clear glaze.
#22 - I may be listing this tiny bowl last, but this is what was left over from my earliest attempts at the wheel, before receiving instruction. I decided to let it dry anyhow, and after shrinking during bisque and glaze firings, it is pretty tiny indeed. But it let me play with some more glazes. I think it was drops of Black slip or underglaze on the rim. It was dipped in Celadon completely, then the bottom part dipped in Amber Celadon.
For anyone who actually read down this far, you are either very interested in ceramics, are a very good friend to me, or ??? (fill in the blanks). But thanks for reading, and please drop me a note or comment on which, if any, of these pieces you enjoyed most.