Pottery Birdhouse - detail of glaze

Pottery – Term 2

Whoops – forgot this post, and now I’m 4 weeks into term 3… But, better late than never, here are the results from my second pottery course at Brighton Rec, it was only a short term this time due to lots of public holidays, so only 4 things to show and tell.

 

Pottery Course

 

First go at a slab vessel. Made by repeatedly flinging a lump of clay onto a surface until reasonably flat, then rolling out with a rolling pin = slabs.

We then cut the front and back shapes from a template and made thin strips to join the two together. The pattern on this one was painted on with underglaze before firing, then a clear glaze was applied before a second firing.

 

Pottery Course

 

Pottery Course

 

The slab vase was really just practice for this!

A gift for the ‘R’ collector in my life.

 

Pottery Course

 

Pottery Course

 

I collected a bunch of old crocheted doilies over Christmas and wanted to find out if I could imprint the pattern into the clay, like I did with the leaves last term.

Turns out it works a treat. I made these bowls by completely cheating. I made a slab and pressed it into an existing glass bowl, no throwing, no coils, just squashing. Then I pressed the doilies into the clay and added extra doily pattern fragments on top. I’m gonna make a heap of these, all different colours.

 

Pottery Course

 

Pottery Course

 

Birdhouse! Made in a similar way to the pears from last term, 2 large pinch pots slipped together and shaped, then a hole cut (a bit too big, but hey). Painted with underglaze again with a clear glaze top coat.

 

Pottery Course

 

I heart clay :)

 

3 Responses to Pottery – Term 2

  1. Hannah
    - May 7, 2013 Reply

    Clever girl!!! xx

  2. Celia
    - May 7, 2013 Reply

    It’s no wonder you heart clay…you are one half a Potter after all :)

    Lovely stuff!

  3. Mark
    - May 8, 2013 Reply

    My favourite is the birdhouse, although will be sad to see it sitting outside in the rain covered in bird poo. I think we should leave it indoors just incase we have another cheeky myna invasion.

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