Another wedged lump of clay, spiralled in a rhythmic fashion to slowly push out inconsistencies, air-pockets and to make it as homogenous as possible. You can also see it stood up in the foreground freshly peeled from a plaster batt and behind sit some wedged up blocks ready to be bagged for later use. Forgetting this step before throwing can be disastrous but it doesn’t have to be wedged like this, it can be done in numerous ways, be it rams head wedging, cut wedging or by pugging it if you’re lucky enough to have one that de-airs the clay.
I don’t have a pug-mill, it is a piece of equipment I’d like in the longterm but it wasn’t crucial when setting up. I like hand wedging it, it’s certainly one of the most therapeutic steps in the long chain of processes that goes into making pottery. It’s one of those skills that seems to go better the less I think about it, the shapes are nicer, more consistent and I often drift off as I’m kneading.
Throwing isn’t something I find therapeutic, it’s often thought as being so, of course I’m doing what I love, but it’s still a job, creating in order to survive and there are countless stresses that come with that. It can be a good way to switch off though, with a music or a podcast on in the background and dozens of balls of freshly wedged clay ready to be thrown repetitively and time seems to pass unfathomably quickly. ...
You know when you make something and you feel like you nailed down exactly the elements you were aiming for? These teapots did they for me.
The body is thrown from 2lbs of chocolate stoneware. The upper half built upon with a coil to create the gallery of the pot and thus by nature of coil building, adding a bit of irregularity back into the shape. The spout, lid, and handles are all hand built from various techniques and finished with angles pressed with a brayer.
I’m very pleased with these pots. They will be available on the 28th. .
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A little plate almost full of blue. I keep drifting and bobbing around when it comes to art versus craft. It's that 'versus' which gets me. Latin for 'against'. I want to engage with the debate, rather than in it. But I hardly ever bother because I'm too busy making art with my craft. ...
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