I am working backwards from the last post! This pictorial shows how I carve the leaves into bowls, similar to the ones I was glazing in that post.
Now back to pottery...
I often use my trim tool to create a border line around the rim. Sometimes I will do a couple of lines to create a band of negative space. This bowl wanted just a single line.
Next comes the sketching. This is when I really know if the slip is ready. If the pencil drags through the slip, tearing it up, I let it set a little longer. Sometimes its hard to get to that happy medium where the rim isn't too dry but center can be drawn on. No special pencil is needed. My favorite is this pink one because it has my name printed on it. Printed correctly with one L! A rare find. I have had this pencil for over fifteen years.
Now where were we? Time to carve!
I first carve the outline of all the leaves. Sometime I will change some things as I go. That's the beauty of the pencil sketching. It allows for some wiggle room.
When all the leaves are outlined, I carve away the background. I like my background lines to move in different directions.