Bowls

In 2019, after lots of discussions with my financial advisor about margins and allowing space in my life beyond work, I decided I wanted to take up throwing pottery. I had done it once or twice with my sister when I was in my early twenties. Finding and getting into an open ceramics class is difficult and requires crackerjack timing.

Luckily, I found out that a studio that I liked was going to open registration for their class on my birthday this year, so at noon on my birthday, I was frantically reloading the page to get registered, and I managed to get in. The class would begin in March, but I didn’t want to wait that long, so I also scheduled a private lesson with one of the instructors.

The day before the covid-19 stay-home order was given, I had my private lesson. It was fantastic, but my class was postponed until some point in the future.

Talking with my financial advisor about my plans for continuing to keep going with pottery, he asked a simple question, “Why not get a wheel and start now?”. That was all the prompting that I needed. It took over a month to get things to my house, but I finally got everything in, with clay even.

Raku II

I don’t know enough about clay or pottery yet, so I had to take the word of the website from where I ordered the clay, but boy was I wrong. This clay is super groggy (coarse) and really hurts to work with on the wheel, so I need to order some more, but I’ll still turn some of this into bowls.

Planter A

Planter A with Raku II Clay, Raw Stage

Pending Status: Trimmed, Bisqued, Glazed

Planter B

For this second attempt, I used nitrile gloves and that helped a bunch. I also cleaned the bat very often. Trimming with this clay seems to make it super rough. so I’m going to have to sand it after the fact to try to get it smoother.

Bowl B with Raku II Clay, Raw Stage Bowl B with Raku II Clay, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Vashon White

The Clay Buddies group on Facebook gave me a bunch of potential options for clay. Because I like the idea of local clays, I ordered some Vashon White. It will come in sometime this week, so I can start throwing with it, instead of the Raku II.

Bowl C

Bowl C with Vashon White, Raw Bowl C with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl D

Bowl D with Vashon White, Raw Bowl D with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl E

Bowl E with Vashon White, Raw Bowl E with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl F

Bowl F with Vashon White, Raw Bowl F with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl G

Bowl G with Vashon White, Raw Bowl G with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl H

Bowl H with Vashon White, Raw Bowl H with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed

Bowl HI

I had such high hopes for this one. It was well shaped, it had a good size to it, overall, I liked it. Sadly, the bottom was too thin, and when I was trimming, I put a very large hole in it. Now I come to the question of should I fire it or scrap it. It’s still a nice shape, I still like it, but it won’t be functional at all.

Bowl HI with Vashon White, Raw Bowl HI with Vashon White, Trimmed

Pending Status: Bisqued, Glazed