Sunday, December 29, 2013

Runaway Orb

I started a large orb before Christmas, wrapped it up and sort of forgot about it. It was still in good shape, perfect for applying slip and carving into.


I drew my design Friday afternoon and carved everything except the background. I left it on my banding wheel and went into the house for a few minutes.


When I returned it was gone! It had rolled off the banding wheel onto the floor, and then over to one of the wheels a few feet away.  I was so mad at myself for leaving it there. The orb was flat on one side and had a few cracks. Never mind the dirt and dust it picked up on it's roll. At Jeff's suggestion, I smoothed the cracks and paddled it back into shape. I had to go over some of the carving, but I did manage to save it.



Jeff went right to work and cut me a piece of foam with a hole in the center. Now my orbs have a safe resting place when my back is turned. 


Prior to the orb catastrophe, I took out some porcelain and threw a few shallow bowls of the hump. I don't usually throw that (I never was very good at it) but decided to give it another try. I was pretty happy with these. I am probable going to glaze them in my Temple White. The one with the stamps will get some black underglaze.


It felt good to be in the studio making exactly what I wanted to make and not something that someone ordered and has to be completed by certain date... that's what I will be back to soon enough.

5 comments:

  1. I am laughing out loud at your runaway mermaid orb! Poor you, and you are so lucky that it was salvageable. Lovely bowls off the hump too!

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  2. Hehehehe.... The one that got away, eh?

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  3. Funny. Like a meatball rolling off the table and out of the door. :-)

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  4. so glad you could save it, that's a beauty

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