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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Meet my best friend Juki. He's super friendly, handles tension really well, and between you and me he's a super fast pedal to the medal piece of machinery (I love that about him). Anyhow, it's just been us two hanging out lately so life is good and we have solidified our friendship. On another note, this is real life...messy buns, oversized sweaters, glasses because I'm getting older and things are a little blurry, school bus pickup, making dinner, homework, and bedtime routines....but I wouldn't change it for the world. All of it is a part of the journey and makes my passion of creating things that much more fulfilling. I love this life with my family that I have even with the tough stuff included. Here's to living my wonderful friends! 💕 #chelsistrattondesigns#strattonliving#thoughts#sewingspace#sewingroom#maker#quilting#modernmaker#reallife ...
Hues of green, blue and white, these are the glaze colours I’ve been using for last couple of years. A few new ones make their way in here and there but clay types beneath are what change them most drastically and that’s what I plan on experimenting with most once kilns arrive and are installed and then testing can begin.
Glaze experimentation can take up a lot of time and it’s a matter of testing a little bit at a time. Of course you’d never commit a whole kiln load of work to a new glaze or clay body, rather you test little by little until confident new surfaces will indeed work. That’s not to say you shouldn’t plat around, some of my favourite glazes have come about purely from throwing a few things together, some tried and tested, combined with a new element.
It’s a great feeling unpacking a kiln with test tiles inside. I fire mine on slices of kiln brick and if I have any inkling the glaze will run I’ll make sure it can’t find it’s way onto the shelves. I’ll be even more fastidious about this soon considering my kiln shelves will be completely new and perfectly clean.
Those glazes pictured barely ever flow off the pots. They stay more or less wherever you leave it unless they get very hot, cone eleven and twelve can cause issues, in-which case they begin to bubble and drip downward in blobs. There’s lots I can’t wait to try, I’m just missing the most crucial piece of equipment to fire them in. ...
Made myself a little treat! I just adore the colour of this silk. ...
The baddest mallets I’ve ever made are finally done and I couldn’t be happier. All the details made for some extra time but it was so worth it. The copper inlays were something I was so worried about and they ended up being one of the easier tasks. I really love that I have a template for the handles too. I definitely plan on making more of these, maybe not as fancy, but I plan on doing some turning for my next videos so it may a little bit before I get to them. ...