Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Leaving the wheel alone

It's been a weird week for me. I haven't been feeling the groove with wheel work so I decided to get out my hump molds and do some hand building. 


The square bowl has little feet to lift it up


Today I will add little feet to the bottom of this hexagonal plate. Yesterday it was too soft to support the feet. You may remember that I have had trouble in the past with this mold and a larger one. I have either had cracks, or they fired too flat and humped up in the middle. I wish that the mold was a little deeper. I think that would help eliminate the slumping.

Hand building is slow, maybe more so for me than others. If I had a slab roller it would speed up the process. I have to make slabs with a combination of throwing on the table and the old fashioned rolling pin. When I think of the time I put into just these two pieces, they should be priced at $100! I know I won't get that much for them, but I will be back at it today, knocking out a couple more of the square bowls.

8 comments:

  1. Love the square bowls, and I agree having a slab roller would make life easier for the building of hand work. They are great though!

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  2. You'll have it squared away soon enough.

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  3. both look great, fingers crossed, some clays are less forgiving than others in the slumping and cracking categories.

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  4. I'm sort of in love with the square bowl. What would happen if you made it big enough to use as a small sink?
    I invested in a slab roller when I became limited in what I could throw. One of the best investments I have ever made!

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  5. They look great. Sometimes we have to work on some slow, more mindful pieces.

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  6. Buying my little north star slab roller was the best purchase I ever made. It made my slabs stronger and more consistent and really helped make things easier for me. They sure have gone up in price though. I was looking at them the other day, don't remember paying that much for mine!

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  7. looks gorgeous :) The trouble I have with handbuilding pots (not sculpture) is that it feels so inexact compared to throwing!

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  8. good to have a change and fresh inspiration

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