By the third and final day of the weekend workshop with Tony Clennell, we all realized that we had no hope of getting all 8 of our pieces completed. So we were invited to drop in one day during the week. I went in on Wednesday, my usual pottery day. But funny enough, since I was planning to catch up on other things, I started out in a dark mood, not really wanting to be there.
Fortunately, I had my friend Mariana there, to keep me company, and to cheer me up. So by the end of the day, it was a good day, and I was glad I had come.
Surprisingly, my highlight was putting handles on my 4 mugs. Here are a few photos :
handmade stamps from a long time ago, but a perfect match to the swirl inside.
By the end of finishing those 4 mugs, I felt a sort of euphoria, and realized that I was so happy with the results, that I will need to make more mugs in my near future. I had told myself, after making way too many mugs and other items with handles in my second ever pottery course (I think it was entitled "Get a Handle on It"), that I would never make another teapot or mug. But it has been long enough. At least for the mugs.
I forgot to take a photo of my casserole dish, but I added handles to the sides, trimmed and added a handle to the lid. It turned out pretty good.
The mountain bowl, I ended up cutting the foot a bit shorter, and then it looked perfect, and I didn't want to ruin it by adding handles. It has a really nice feel to it, when you put your hands under to lift it up. I managed to repair the center, which I cut through when I tried to remove it from the bat.
The big vase with rough slip on it, I was planning to add 2 big handles to it, but in the end, ran low on time, and decided that the smooth handles against the rough textured vase would probably not suit my aesthetic, so I decided to leave it as is.
My footed basket to which I attached the top and side handles last week, the top (thrown) handle was fine, but the ribbon side handles popped off while drying. So that's the way I decided it will stay. So it seemed like I worked all day, and only got handles on my mugs and that one casserole dish. But I feel satisfied with the outcome, and feel like it is done.
But that didn't mean it would be my only adventure in clay. I had more of that Columbia Buff clay, which I didn't particular like the groggy feel of, when throwing, but it seems a great clay for sculptural work. So I threw much of the remainder of it, and took it home to decorate :
In a future one, I want to layer the leaves over each other, to give it a multi-dimensional look. Stay tuned, and you'll see what I mean.
With the clay I cut out from the piece, I ended up making a handmade spoon. Fun. I've never made a spoon before.