I kept myself amused last year by signing up for a 10 week pottery course at Brighton Rec on Mondays after work. Not made anything out of clay since primary school so wasn’t sure if I’d still have the, erm, skills! It was really good fun and I’m throughly addicted and signed up for next year. Here are some snaps of my creations so far…
Lesson one – a hollow pear! We made these with two pinch pots stuck together and smoothed, then shaped. You can just about see the join where we cut a lid and then added a single layer of tissue paper before re-sealing and allowing to dry. The next week we did a bit more smoothing and then gently cracked the two halves apart ready for firing and glazing the following week.
My first piece! Had a bit of fun with the glazing by trying to create a drippy look around the lid – kinda worked. Stalk went a bit wonky somewhere along the way too, still, pretty chuffed for a first go :)
Here’s another one I made a few weeks later. The shape and stalk are a lot better but…
…I managed to crack a chunk out of it when breaking the two halves apart – whoops. Still, reckon it’ll make a nice sugar pot or something similar. Quite pleased with the stoneware style glaze too.
Project number two – a coil vase. Made with coils of clay, built up and smoothed down, built up over two weeks. Shape just kinda happened – not exactly symmetrical is it!
Top view – glazed all over with Sand colour with blue detail at the top
Project no.3 – a slab plate. Made by flattening out a piece of clay, first by throwing it onto the table and then by rolling pin. We then made a pattern on one side then laid the slab onto a thick piece of foam and pressed a square polystyrene block into it to create the shape. I then added a few little balls/bubbles. The following week when dry, we smoothed of the rough edges ready for firing.
I glazed the plate with a crackle glaze that turned out really well by accentuating the patterns and crackling on the flat sections. Super chuffed with this one!
Decided to make a bunch of tree decorations as Christmas was approaching. Made these by rolling clay out very thin on some linen fabric and using cookie cutters to punch out star shapes. I used a drinking straw to make the holes.
After firing I glazed them in two shades of green, a yellow and a red, plus what was supposed to be gold but turned out to be a bit brown – don’t think I stirred the glaze enough. But the gold was better than the silver – that turned out to be black – ah well!
Christmas Tree Stars in situ!
This is a pinch pot olive bowl with space for olives and pits. They’re joined with a clay leaf and there’s a little clay olive in there too!
Getting towards the end of term and decided to make a collection of little pots – all different shapes. I decorated each one with a leaf – pattern supplied by the bush outside – leaf rolled into the clay. Managed to make 10 in 2 hours – go me.
Here they are all glazed and fired. The pots are glazed with a white speckle and the leaves are all different colours
And finally – the only result of my one go on the potters wheel! SO much harder than it looks. Will have another go next term and hopefully have more to show for my efforts.