This week was about decoration. The mugs are thrown on the potters wheel and decorated by carving and using various stamps. In each photo I show the tools I used to decorate that mug. All handles are pulled. It did take me numerous attempts to make the ones I think will suit the mugs, but I am happy with my progress so far.
This is a great exercise for me as it helps me learn what I enjoy making the most and what I enjoy a little less.
This is what these first 5 mugs were.Fun! The first week was all about hand building. The techniques I used in making of these mugs are slab building, coiling and pinching. I used wall paper, wooden stamps and a beautiful rock to create the texture on the mugs.
Handles - on mugs no. 1 and no. 2 are cut from slab. On mug number 3 is coil and mug no. 4 and 5 the handles are pulled (an improvement from handle no. 1 I would say). Hurrah!
What I have learned so far
to stay more focused when I make something but always have fun
to observe the clay a lot more, its reaction to every touch of my hands, and my reactions to clay's reactions. I would say I am learning to connect more with each step of making a pot (oh my!)
that I can make a pot without planning ahead
that I enjoy throwing more than I enjoy hand building (so far anyway)
how to combine more photos into one and post it on Instagram
that writing a blog is not as scary as I thought it will be
So here they are
Next week I will be throwing mugs and pull all the handles. If I want to improve 'pulling' handles, all I have to do is just keep doing it. Simple!
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I am about to start the biggest challenge I have put myself through since I started playing with clay. My heart is bouncing like crazy with excitement as I write this post.
This challenge was started by the great artist Kim Foale and I am grateful for it. This will push me over my limits at least 100 times!
The challenge starts on Monday 14th January 2016 and it will go on for 100 working days. We will make 100 mugs in 100 working days (Monday to Friday). Each Sunday I will post a photo with my 5 mugs made in that week. My goal is to learn as much as I can. As Kim says, this is a great way for improving my skills.
I will make my mugs by slab building, pinching, throwing and why not a combination of all. Slip casting is something I never tried before but I am looking forward to give it a go.
I am excited and nervous about this challenge but it will be interesting to see my progress in making mugs, writing a blog and taking photographs (yes that means I am expecting to see progress!).