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11th of November – pottery progress

November 11th, 2010 at 7:40


I started working with the slip and it was a complete disaster. I poured the slip into one of the two cups and then back out, I wanted the cup to have a white coat on the inside and either no coat on the outside or possibly use the blue later on. But somehow the contact of moisture with the inside but not the outside surface made the entire cup crack everywhere. It was actually quite cool to watch. Thankfully I was experimenting with the cup that I had dropped so I didn’t mind so much. It is quite possible that’s why it cracked under the circumstances, it could be that the structure was invisibly weakened and it was just stress tested and failed with the moisture of the slip. No matter. I don’t mind one bit, I have loads more clay and I’m pretty sure I can recycle this one, too. Might make for an interesting variation in the future. Clay with white pigment in it…

The other pieces worked out ok. I made two little stamp trial pieces and coated them blue no problem. And the hand bowl survived the slip, too. I’m so curious to see what these pieces are going to look like after firing. The pale blue should turn out cobalt blue after firing.
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I also made another little piece I am thinking of using as an ornament for a holiday art swap.
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Again, I did another stone carving into a beach pebble and then used that to make the footprint impression in the clay. What do you think, does it look ok?

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8 Responses to “11th of November – pottery progress”

  1. Amy Says:

    precious little foot print!

  2. dthaase Says:

    that tiny little foot is perfect – well done!

  3. melissa Says:

    Such a lovely little decoration!

  4. B @ Sweet Limes Says:

    Look okay? That little footprint is darling and so delicate and tender! It reminds me of my daughter who died since I have her foot prints hanging with our family pictures in the living room. I say you did way better than okay.

  5. anne Says:

    The foot is wonderful. So tiny and sweet! Glad you’re enjoying playing with the clay and I can’t wait to see the results after firing. It’s often such a surprise.

  6. Leah Says:

    the footprint is so sweet!

  7. Bobbi Says:

    It’s a cute little foot!

  8. Kara aka MotherHenna Says:

    Ooooooh can’t wait to see them after firing, too!! What a cool art adventure you are on with all this clay stuff! I loooooooooooooooooooove the ornament. It is interesting how it will speak to so many so differently. For some it will be a cute little momento of baby’s first christmas or new pg or something — but for others, those little stones are for the grieving heart. I love that you are doing it for the ornament exchange. I kept saying I was going to sign up for it, but never did. Then kept telling myself I’d host something, but never got round to it. Still keep thinking I’d like to do something for solstice… ?? Anyway… art on!!! xoxox k-

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