Pot number three

lehtikippo

This pot was my boldest effort. I made it deeper and thin walled. I am excited to see how the colours turn out after burning. There should be two different greens, yellow and the reddish brown of the clay carved through colours. I did not like that the brush strokes are so visible, but maybe I was wrong. We’ll see when it is ready. I hope I remember to post another photo when these pots have been burned the second time.

Another little clay pot

topotettu-kuppi

This little claypot has rather a nice feel since the walls are thin. I have coloured it with engobe colours after the first burn. I applied the colour with a little piece of sponge in order to make it misty and so that the brush strokes would not be seen. It should become blue and green after the glazing burn – so I hope. I’ll let you see, if it survives the burning.

 

 

Back to potter’s wheel

kukkakuppi

This little pot is the first I made using potter’s wheel this year. Last year I made two quite similar ones. It is a bit chunky, because having only once before tried the potter’s wheel I just did not have the courage to make the walls thinner. It is easy to spoil the pot by working on it too long, you see. This one is made of red clay. It has been raw burned and after that coloured with engobe colours. I have also carved the flowers through the colouring so that the clay is visible in the lines of the drawing.

I have already told you, that I love using the potter’s wheel. It makes the clay feel alive and is therefore really fascinating. It is also exciting to wait how the colours will turn out after burning, because they always change. 

 

Female sculpture, part two

figuuri1

I finally remembered to photograph my clay works. I have been so totally absorbed in the work every time in the Art School for Adults, that I have totally forgot to take photos. Maybe it tells how difficult I have found working on this sculpture. The photo above is taken after the first raw burn and after engobe colouring but before adding the glazing. Under here is a photo with the glazing coat on, before second burning. The colours will change in the final burning. The theme of the work was 1950’s.

kaikki-lasitus

And here is the photo I have posted before, which was taken when I had just started to work on this.

torso1

 

The sculpting process was interesting. Luckily we have a very good teacher, because you need a lot of information about the clay and everything else concerning the material and how it needs to be protected in order to keep it wet enough for working. It would take months and years to learn both modelling the works and mastering the different clays and knowing how and when to burn.

I love clay!

savipolvi

This is all I have to show you after making four little bowls of red clay on potter’s wheel. I enjoyed it so much and I was so immersed in the work I forgot to take photos. So you will have to wait another week to see what I have achieved.

This was the second time I have ever tried the potter’s wheel. I liked it also the very first time a year ago, not the least because I seem to be a natural with it. This is the way I like to handle clay! I am not patient and not very good at sculpting. I cannot make a model of some living thing, dog or human. But I love making bowls and cups and plates. I love taking a lump of clay and letting it live on the wheel just until the point it is ready. I can feel it when it is time to stop working on it. It is exciting to feel how the clay is starting to get tired, too. I love the clay feeling alive under my fingers.
I just love clay! And potter’s wheel!

Working on clay this way is physical, messy, fast and exhilarating. I love the feeling of clay living in my hands. It is difficult to put the lump of clay in the centre of the wheel, but it is also a joy to get it done. And what a feeling when you eventually get your bowl built up without destroying it!

Female sculpture

Ceramics period is in full swing. We are sculpting shamot clay and we have to sculpt a female figure in 1950’s style. I have so far only managed to make a female torso sitting on a rock. It is made hollow inside so that it will not crack when burned. Next I need to make hands and head for her, too, and finish the whole. After that we are going to paint it with engobe colours.

I suppose I don’t need to tell you I am out of my comfort zone? But it is fun, anyway!