Today's class focused on small cups, for sake or tea or whiskey or whatever one would drink from a small cup... Jay demo'd various different variations, most of them meant to look imperfect and fluid, like a mini version of a tea bowl. Apparently potters refer to them as "guinomi" which translates to "one gulp", although Jay said he spoke with a Japanese person, and this is not a term they use for those vessels.
Speaking of Japanese, there was a very nice Japanese lady in the drop in workshop this afternoon. She has only been in Canada for 4 months, so her English is not strong. I wish I had installed my Google Translator app, so I could have better communicated with her. I installed it tonight, so I'll be ready if she comes next week.
Anyhow, back to the sake cups. I made these 8 :
Looking at these closer :
In addition to the cups, I altered the rims of the double rimmed vessel and the one with a flopped top, from last week. Then I went on to throw three more big spherical shapes (but didn't remember to take a photo), which I will pierce like the recent one, if I have time. This time I used sculptural clay, in case I want to include them in the raku firing. We'll see if I can get them done in time. Time is ticking...
I also trimmed a number of my pieces from last week. So I have lots on the go. I was happy to see that many of the beer mugs / steins have come through the bisque firing, and the yellow clay has turned into a beautiful reddish color. I think these will turn out very nice, if I can find the right glazes to let the pattern show through.