We had a wonderful day at ceramics class yesterday. I played with extruding clay, for the first time. It was like magic, how the shapes came out of the extruder, almost without effort. I didn't even need to knead (hmmm, what's the ceramics word for that?) the clay first, we just dropped our bags of fresh clay on the ground a number of times to soften them up. Unfortunately, I was having so much fun, I forgot to stop for photos. I pretty much finished 3 pieces which are rectangular dishes, they look like small planters. One has undulating sides. I also finished 3 vases, which were formed from a hexagonal extrusion, twisted a bit as it came out. Then I made 2 shapes from a square extrusion, but pulled into an almost ring-like shape as they came out. One will be purely decorative, and I think I'll finish it for display in the garden. The other has some potential as a funky sort of vase. We'll see. I'll be finishing them, and working on more extruding in next week's class.
I realized that I wouldn't have time to work on the sgraffito vase which was in the cellar from the previous class. So I smuggled it home, to have more time to work on it. Last night I looked at lots of photos, trying to decide what white on black design I was going to create. I looked at lilies, but I like the colorful oriental lilies, not so much the serene white easter lilies. At least, not for a sgraffito design. I also looked at other flowers, dragons, winter scenes, and leaves. It wasn't until I went to bed that the idea of white dogwood flowers came to me. So that is what I sgraffito'd tonight. Here it is with just the black (yes, that will be black) slip: