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. ...
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I wanted to have some fun for Halloween and for the first batch from my new studio. So here is the first ever limited edition glaze combo I have done! It is a dry matte dirty orange with shiny black drops sprayed over top. I have pieces in this glaze combo on almost every design I make. Go have a look at the whole batch now at hammerlyceramics.com 😁 ...
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