Today I decided to try some throwing, since I haven't thrown anything since Spring, and I don't want to lose my confidence. I still find throwing quite challenging. In particular, I have never really learned how to center the clay. So today I think I was spending 20 or 30 minutes centering, then 5 or 10 minutes actually throwing the piece. At least that's what it felt like.
The first piece I threw was this little jug / vase. I painted it with green slip, and will decorate it with sgraffito.
The second one I struggled with, trying to create a two-walled vase. I have been inspired by some young ceramic artists on Instagram who throw two-walled vessels, and carve the outer part. It didn't turn out anything like I had imagined, since the outside part went out of balance, and I had to cut it down a couple of times, and then I didn't have enough clay to get any height out of it. But I should be able to make a few cuts into the outer part. We'll see.
The final one was prompted by one of the other potters today, saying that she was making a jewelry container. I remembered that I wanted to make a container as a structure to hold some beads / pendants while firing. I plan to poke some holes in it, and buy some high temperature wire to hang them on. You'll see. I guess I didn't take time to snap a photo of the leaf beads/pendants I just sent to the bisque.
After 2 hours, I was exhausted from throwing, and spent the remaining 2 hours cleaning up bottoms and edges of some of the platters and bowls I started the past 2 sessions. I painted the Davidii leaves in one of my bowls, using Green slip. I think the effect could be pretty good. It almost looks like just painted the leaves onto the bowl, but the texture of the leaves still shows through.
I should have paused to take a photo of the two rectangular platters I sent to the bisque, decorated by rollers and stamps. They look really good. I hope they don't go missing like one of the previous rolled/stamped rectangular platters I sent to the bisque.
The ceramics sessions are great therapy for me. On one hand, I am continually challenged, and making mistakes, and learning lots. On the other hand, the creativity and decorating and bringing pieces to life feels so natural for me. I wish I could spend more and more of my time creating the ceramics. I guess at some point it would depend on whether I am creating anything which other people would truly enjoy. So far, I have been quite encouraged by the feedback I have received, so that tells me that it's at least not a waste of my time.
I am still reveling in the sight of my sea dragon on display in the student exhibit. I have visited her a number of times, including with the family (they were at Shadbolt for music lessons). She looks so good there :