Remember this pitcher from its pre-firing photo? Now it's done, and I'm very pleased. Oh, it's small, no doubt, only 4.5" tall by 4" wide base, and maybe a little skewed, but it's my first pitcher, and I love it.
This is blue rutile again, on white clay. When you find a glaze that you like, you tend to stick with it.
This little bowl is no big deal in the world of wheel thrown pottery. A simple shape and only 3.5" wide by 2.5" tall, what I like about this piece is the feel of it in my hand - symmetrical, not too thick or heavy, balanced.
I also cherish the memory of making it. It seemed as there was no effort whatsoever. The clay slid between my fingers and did what I wanted it to without any struggle. It was the first piece I threw without having to think about it or work at it.
It makes the perfect companion to my pitcher, and the pair now occupies a place of honor on my mantle, next to pieces made by real potters. Maybe I can get good by osmosis.
What is this, you ask?
Why, a pump dispenser for lotion or liquid soap, naturally. The glaze here is Chun Plum, and I think it's awesome.
You buy the little pump parts at your handy-dandy local clay supply store. I use FunkE's Fired Arts, formerly Annie's Mud Pie Shop, an odd little place that is part gallery, part studio, part retail shop, and part warehouse.
In up-coming posts, the metamorphosis of the following bisque-fired pieces.
"Aladdin's Lamp," another pump dispenser, and ??
I think the tall cylinder, an exercise in achieving height, will be for my wooden spoons.
White clay, bisque fired. One small and two larger bowls, and two little cups.
It just seems to have that shape to me.