The Clay Sampler Course was fun, we had 4 different instructors, with 2 classes each. So we were exposed to lots of different techniques, and expertise. I was happy to pick up some of my finished pieces this week. There are still more in the kiln, and some more pieces I have yet to glaze. But here is the first set...
The first 6 items are a set of shallow bowls which Jay showed us how to create, using a "cow's tongue" to flatten the bowls without slumping, and using a soft template and cutting the clay while still fresh. It was a pretty neat technique, and created some funky shapes fairly quickly and easily. Although we did trim the bottoms once leather hard, so that took a bit more time.
I decided I would experiment with some more slip trailing, but the results were not always what I hoped. Many times when I tried to draw out a line, the slip didn't come out as a stream, but rather as dots. Other times, I had a bubble of air, or for whatever reason, the slip sputtered out all over my pattern. In some cases, I wanted the slip to be fluid, but the clay absorbed the liquid too fast, so I didn't get the effect I had hoped. Many of my designs were the "plan B" to what I had originally intended, but I like to just "go with it", and see where the materials take me. For the most part, I'm pretty pleased with the result.
#22 in this set). But when I started adding White and Black slip along the rim, it dried too quickly and refused to run down to the center, so I decided to "help it along" and created this mottled texture with my fingers. The inside of the bowl is sprayed with Clear glaze, for a nice shine, and the back is finished in the rich chocolate colour of the Amber Celadon glaze. My stamp shows through nicely at the back.
I really love the unique handmade look and feel of this bowl, and when you turn it over, the chocolate colour is a pleasant surprise, you would otherwise expect turquoise.
Looking at my log book (which is a GREAT help to me, to keeping track of my pieces, and remembering what glazes and slips I used), I still have 2 more bowls which I didn't find this time, so will need to pick them up at next opportunity.