Handling

HANDLESjulietmacleod2014
Last week’s bisque firing went well… now I just have to get everything glazed and back into the kiln. I’ll post some images once they’re finished.

It’s been another busy few days trying to get work ready for Potfest in the Pens, and this week I’ve been making large breakfast cups. I’m still getting used to the process of making larger quantities and trying to get some kind of uniformity. I enjoy the repetitive nature of the relatively straight forward elements, like pulling handles (see above). However I’m finding trying to throw twenty cups the same more of a challenge. I don’t want them to be identical as they would no longer be unique, but I do want them to sit well together in groups. This means that they not only have to be the same height and diameter but have the same thickness of lip; height of turned foot; and shape of handle.

The one thing I am learning is that I need to trust my instincts. For example: I felt that the clay I was using on Monday was too soft but I just kept on going regardless. As a result had a terrible morning of collapsed and wobbly pots and finished feeling totally demoralised. Later in the day I tried a different bag of clay with much better results. It’s times like these I have to remind myself that I’ve only been doing this for just over a year (with five months of no throwing) and that I can’t run before I can walk.

Hasn’t put me off yet though…

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4 thoughts on “Handling

  1. It sounds like you’re doing really well Juliet, I’m really lazy when it comes to uniformity which becomes a problem when someone buys a set of mugs then breaks one a year later and wants a replacement. I have no idea what my mugs looked like then! You have such a methodical approach which will definitely stand you in good stead.
    Keep going, it sounds like you’re doing everything right!

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