Sunday, November 8, 2015

Something New

I feel like I have spent the last two years doing the same things over and over. I have had very little time to work on any new forms. One of the forms that has been bouncing around in my head is the conjoined condiment/dip bowl. Lori Buff, Future Relics Pottery, has made some sweet ones, and I have seen a few others around the interwebs. This week I spent a little time playing with the idea.

 I threw the bowls and flattened one side while still on the wheel. I used the insert to the bat system to do the squishing. It's a good surface against the clay, it releases without sticking.

 After many, many days of sitting out (the rain and humidity has been horrendous) they were finally ready for assembly. I scored and slipped both pots and mashed them together really well. I have a fear of them cracking and separating. Time will tell. I only committed to three to start with.


I let them set up under loose plastic for another day, then played with handle ideas. In the end I prefer the middle handle. I wish I had decided that before the others sat too long to remove. But these are prototypes and if the design works, I can make better handle decisions.
Definitely a work in progress.

7 comments:

  1. Cool designs. It's a work in process, eh?

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  2. Long ago I made a similar piece for my sisters. They still use them all the time. Mine had a twisted ribbon handle that attached to the inside of each bowl. Yours look like a nice big size. As I recall they were fun to make. Very nice :)

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  3. I like the middle one too; I made a pinched set seems like eons ago, thought many times of reviving it, maybe you have spurred me on.

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  4. Thanks for the link and mention. I think yours look pretty sweet too.

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  5. Lovely! I like the middle one best too! High humidity and lots of rain must be frustrating, it is amazing the affect that such things have on the drying of work, even when it is safely inside the studio. We rarely get that really damp weather here, but it is fairly impossible to dry things in my studio in winter unless I make good use of wire racks over kilns when they are firing!

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  6. The joys of google…… hoping third time this post goes :) LOVE the condiment bowls and I vote for the middle handle! Back in the day I used to make 3 tumblers joined together with a thrown knob and call it a table utensil holder. They were a hot seller during picnic season! Ooooo for those 80's flashbacks! Can't wait to see these glazed!!

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  7. HA! I was thinking that about the middle one too :)

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