Friday, January 4, 2008

Pottery News

I am starting to get some size in my pieces. No longer throwing salsa bowls, I am now making ... larger salsa bowls. I don't know what these things are or will become, but they are all about 6"x6"x4" high. I threw them last week, and they are now in the "leather hard" stage. (They are kept wrapped in plastic till I trim them, to keep them from drying any further.)

The two pots on the ends are from the end of my first 25# of white clay. Now, I am working with brown clay, which has a little more grog, or grit, in it. It handles a little differently, and I am enjoying working with it. Also, it looks more like mud, so you look dirtier, which is a plus in my book!

These are two of the three pieces I threw last night. This bowl was looking really good, but there was a sharp inclusion in the inner surface. I picked out a bit of hard plastic, then had to try to smooth over the defect. In doing so, I messed up the rim a bit.

Somehow, I thought this piece was straighter and more symmetrical when I got done with it than it looks in this photo. The funny story about this piece is that the bottom was so thin that when I undercut it with a thin wire, so as to be able to remove it from the bat later, I cut right through the bottom. So, I tried to patch it. We will see what happens when I trim and fire it next week. Perhaps it will be a planter - it will already have a drainage hole in it.

Word of the Day:


A grimalkin is an elderly female cat. The word is derived from the Old English, a combination of gray and the archaic malkin, meaning demon.
Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat which dwells in the highlands.

"It will be quite a while before Dixie becomes a grimalkin. After all, she is only six and a half."


Kathy said...

I was thinking your pottery piece looked like a fine place to put a plant too. Now I know what I have in my house, a grimalkin! I adopted Simba from the animal shelter when she was 8 years old (vet's estimate) and have had her 8 years later this month. This is a word that I might be able to incorporate into my vocabulary, if I work at it. "Good morning Grimalkin." Last night I tried the freerice site again without a dictionary and couldn't get past level 40.

Lisa said...

I think it's just a shadow that makes the pot look a little less than straight.

holly said...

Hm, Nostradamus had a cat named Grimalkin. But the one I am familiar with hung out with Sham and Agba. (Recognize those names?)

Susan Gets Native said...

I have a grimalkin....Queen is 11. Old geezer.
Love the pots! Looks like you are getting the hang of it.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Katdoc, when in doubt about your pots put a hole in the bottom of them and use them for planters. :)

I love that word, grimalkin.

Mary said...

Wow, I think you are on your way to greater pottery!

I've had a few grimalkins. Miss them, too.