My Little Teapot

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One of our class projects was to hand build, an item of our choosing, out of three thrown slabs of clay. To create the slab, we first threw a bottomless cylinder. Before removing it from the wheel, we sometimes used our wire cutter to slice it into one, or two pieces, which would lay flat. I found two pieces easier to remove from the wheel, then one long piece.

For my teapot I used a cylinder which I did not slice, it was removed from the wheel, placed on a board and shaped like a pear to harden up a bit. The sides of the teapot are another cylinder sliced into two pieces and laid flat to dry. Once my clay hardened up a bit, I laid my pear shaped piece on top of one of the side pieces and cut around it. I scored and slipped the pieces before attaching them. I did the same for the other side. I used a wooden spatula to paddle and shape the spout area to be narrower than the rest of the body of the teapot. I used a wooden dowel to paddle the feet of the pot. I used the extra clay from the sides to make the handle, lid and spout.

Before glazing, I waxed the sides and bottom of the lid, and a small lip on the top of the teapot, and the hole where the lid sits. Along with the holes in the spout area. I used Butter Ranch glaze, and regret that I didn’t allow it to spread around the inside of the pot better. I was afraid I would clog my spout’s holes, which I should have made as one big hole instead of the several little ones I did.

I really enjoyed hand building, and I am very excited for my Functional Clay class, which starts next week.


Six Matching Mugs~Final Project

For my final project in my clay throwing class, I first attempted to make a teapot but ended up with two bowls instead. So, I decided to switch to something I knew I could make. Six matching mugs. By this time in class I felt like I knew what I was doing. I was able to center my clay without spending too much time. I has also gotten very good at pulling up my clay up to create a soldier straight cylinders, with wall that were pretty even.

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For the glaze I chose my favorite Yellow Salt. On the first mug I wore a glove to dip it. I missed a section and ended up re-dipping it. You can see the brown spots on the bottom where my fingers held it. For the rest I used the tongs to hold while I only did one dip.

On the double dipped mug, on the inside the glaze covered the throwing marks and it has more of a shine instead of the matte finish I prefer. I am glad the glaze lid would not come off, and that I took it as a sign, NOT to dip them all twice.

I really do like my fingermarks on the one, or as I dubbed them Rita’s Mark. Since my classmate intentional put them on her pieces as her signature, such an awesome idea!

Cinnamon Roll Bowl

This was a hand built bowl, that I made outside of class. I used a play dough extruder to make my ropes of clay. I coiled them up and used a plastic bowl as my form. When all the coils and balls of clay where in place, I used a wooden spatula to paddle them flat and together. I loved how the round balls of clay turned into triangles. I used a wooden dowel to place the decorative edge impressions. For the glaze, I dipped the bowl into Spotted Shino twice, then I wiped most of the glaze off the outside but not the inside. I was a little disappointed that the cracks between the rolls on the inside were filled in with the glaze. You can see them better on the outside, but the glaze feels rougher.

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Glazing again!


This teapot was hand built from thrown cylinders that were sliced, and then laid flat to make slabs. Once the slabs were almost leather hard I built the teapot. The spout was a piece of slab that I spiral wrapped around my finger and then thinned out before attaching. When the piece was a bit harder I pounded it with a wooden spatula to make the shape more uniform. I pounded the bottom with a dowel to get the rounded foot. I glazed this piece with Ranch Butter.


Here, I was attempting to create our assigned convex/concave shape. When I got to the concave part, on the top, my wall got to thin and part of it caved in, so I went with it. I pulled it up and then caved it down evenly and squared it off. Lucky for me it worked for one of my three altered pieces. For the glaze I used Phil’s white, with John’s Read dropped on top. Hoping the John’s red with give me the really pretty purple in the middle of the bowl.


This is the largest piece I have thrown so far. I altered it while it was wet, I was very pleased with the trimming on it and the swoop that was created. I dipped it in Malcolm shino and dipped only part into Tenmoku.


Dipped into Malcolm shino and half into Teadust.

This is another thrown slab piece. I dipped it into School Bus Yellow, which is a white with a pretty silver purple.

Dipped in School Bus Yellow and then again in Bailey’s Red, and drops of Bailey’s Red on the inside (which cracked in parts).


This convex piece was dipped in Black and then again partially into School Bus Yellow.


This altered convex piece was dipped into Tenmoku and then again partially into Blue Jean.

All are in the kiln and should be out in a few days, can’t wait to see them!

Light & Shadows

I am taking a class called Camera Use & Art of Seeing. This week I had to set my camera on aperture priority and take a ton of photos bracketing my exposure speed down and up one f-stop. I found I prefer the minus one shots the most. I will post just a few not all 82.

Bowls and mugs all glazed

I spent a few hours glazing today, all my mugs and bowls (except for two) are glazed and placed on a cookie, ready for firing.


Above, I used Baily’s Red and School Bus Yellow. The bowl was dipped in yellow and the red was dropped on. The mug was dipped in red and then in the yellow, from the bottom and then from the top and side (I held the handle during the second dip).

These two were dipped in Green Haze (the mug completely, the bowl only part). Then they were partially dipped into Reitz Green. The bowl should have three different areas and the mug only two.


The cinnamon roll bowl was dipped into Spotted Shino twice, then I wiped most of the glaze off the outside but not the inside.


I dipped the above into Jet Black glaze, I will carve out a design and maybe dip again but into another color.


and lastly, I dipped this bowl into Malcolm Davis Shino glaze.

Glazing cont.


I first did some wax resist dots and wavy line on the piece on the left. Both were dipped in my favorite glaze Yellow Salt. I am hoping for some very cool browning around the carved areas. 1018172001

Below is my second of three two color combos done opposite. I used Butter Ranch and Blue Jean glaze. The piece on the right was dipped in Butter Ranch with wavy lines of Blue Jean brushed on the outside. The piece on the left was dipped in Blue Jean and a line of Butter Ranch was painted just below the rim on the outside.


I remember after I got home that I forgot to dust off my bowls before I glazed. I hope I don’t regret it.

On Thursday, I used a toothbrush to splatter the opposite color glazes on top.

Christmas morning AKA glazed pieces out of the kiln

My teacher Francie was so right when she said seeing your glazed pottery would be like Christmas morning. You just never know what to expect, some items surprise you and others disappoint.

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The above is my favorite piece. It is glazed with yellow salt after round sticker were applied to the bisque. I love how parts of it browned.

Below is the disappointment. The painted OM symbol and “be here now” didn’t show up after the glaze fire. I dipped the mug in Butter Ranch glaze and the letters are painted on using Malcolm Dave’s Shino.

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and the rest of my presents 🙂

These two blow my mind! They were done opposite yet they look the same (except the insides). Glazed with John’s Red and Lil Street Tinmoku. The mug was dipped completely in John’s Red and the the top part was dipped in Lil Street Tinmoku. The chunker cylinder on the left was dipped the opposite way.

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Below, I believe I used Reitz Green and the three dips method. I am thinking the top dip ended up inside the cup. Pretty wild how the single dip is brown, not green.

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Below is a wax resist. On the inside of the mug I used Nick’s Yellow and then dipped the whole mug in Pale Blue Celendon. The yellow and blue made green on the inside 🙂

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Below, I used blue jean glaze. I did three dips. First, whole item dipped using tongs to hold the cup. The second dip was done while holding the mug upside down, and inserted into the glaze up to the second carved groove. The third dip was again done the same as the second and dipped up to the first carved groove.

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Below I choose John’s Red glaze. Again I did the three dips technique (it is an assignment). The third dip is just on the rim of the cylinder.

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Less is more

This saying makes me think of Joe. He is always saying this about his music. I decided this bowl didn’t need feet, nor sprigs, now that is has this cool rim treatment. I used my bamboo paint brush handle and rolled it across the rim to create this awesome indented pattern. On to the next hand built bowl… paisleys anyone? 1014171049