How long has it been? One, two, four or even five years since tackling any wheel thrown projects? Such a long hiatus. Can I actually center & pull up walls? Yes! Kind of. Fortunately new clay was purchased on Monday. Wednesday my big sister helped move the wheel back inside. I finally gathered all the necessary tools from the garage & got to work this morning.
Amazingly enough, it was kind of like riding a bicycle. Centering and pulling up the form came easily. Now shape consistency, that’s a different matter! I tried helped myself out by weighing out balls of clay, but there are still discrepancies. No worries! They are destined to become gifts and it really doesn’t matter if each bowl perfectly matches the others. The majority will go to a Christmas Eve clam chowder event at a good friends home. Each attendee will use it for dinner then take it home. Unfortunately, we probably won’t be able to attend.
During school, I spent many hours throwing pots in the basement of Campbell Hall at Western Oregon University. No windows, two banks of wheels facing each other with open shelves between. Ah, the old days! I always enjoyed that space. When I purchased my wheel & tried to work from home, it just wasn’t the same. Too many visual distractions. Today I set up the wheel in the stripped out bathroom (down to the bare studs!). Not very pretty, certainly on the cool side, but oddly reminiscent of my hours in the basement. Maybe that’s what I need. A small space, no windows (heat please) and no distractions.
The dogs have not been pleased at the gate placed between us. Yes, I had to separate them from the work. Moby would have just shoved his big snout into everything or tried to climb in my lap. George whined enough to be let in. He’s special! Then he proceeded to wedge himself between my foot & the wall. Ever so helpful. He’s always liked being in close quarters.
More bowls to emerge soon after a dog walk! Tracie & possibly my family will be set for the holiday!
Oh, the clay body is basically a porcelain low- fire. I’ll be using an velvet underglaze of bright colors & a final transparent glaze to finish it off. Due before December 24th.