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16th of November – big bowl

November 16th, 2010 at 10:24

Today is a good day to reveal what I’ve been working over the past two days, the first “big piece” I mentioned in my last post.

I rolled out the clay with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick and then used a metal mixing bowl from the kitchen to use as a mould for this bowl. I lay my clay into the bowl. Then I cut away the overlap pieces and joined the clay together by pushing the ends together and smoothed any lumps against the cast with my fingers. The mixing bowl was essential to dry out the clay to a level so that I could handle the clay bowl without the wet walls collapsing. The timing here is pretty crucial, wait to long and the clay will become to rigid and you wont be able to fix any gaps, ridges on the outside surface. Move it to early and it will tear when you try to take it out of the bowl.
I used grease to make sure the clay will come off the metal mixing. Vaseline is probably best, but I didn’t have any so I used hand cream. Worked fine and smells nicer :-)

clay bowl – 9 inch diameter

It’s not as as copper coloured as in the photograph, the colouring was created when I tried to use my halogen torch as additional lighting to soften the hardness of the filler flash on my camera.

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3 Responses to “16th of November – big bowl”

  1. anne Says:

    I think it looks beautiful.

  2. Leah Says:

    gorgeous!!! love the color.

  3. Amy Says:

    very cool!

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