Wow, what a massive week!
Everybody has been working incredibly hard making their tin can SOUP mugs…you guys rock!
We have been using clay slabs, patterns and cylinders to make the cups with.
This is an easy peasy project to have a go at. What you will need is some clay, a cylinder to wrap the clay around, ex computer print paper, some news print, and textures and stamps that you might have and a good graphic idea to use for your label. We had quite a few student who did some research on soup and found the famous Cambell’s Soup images of Andy Warhol. There were some interesting interpretations that include the text ‘John Cambell’s Media Soup’, ‘Netties Soup’ and ‘Warhols Soup’…all featuring the same layout but different images, colours and text . They are very clever and unique!
We also have some lovely vegetable soups that feature tomatoes, sweet peas, tiny miso cups, and some very poplar trees! There are some soups for non vegetarians such as Moo Stoo, Lobster Bisque and even Possum! All the cups will look amazing when they are finished. When they are dry enough I will pop some iron oxide onto the rim and rivet holes and then bisque them. The iron oxide will provide colour that will (fingers crossed) give a rusty edge to the mock Tin Can SOUP mugs when we glaze them.
Next week we will be having a reprieve from hand building and printing with some throwing for the beginner classes. So if this is you make sure that you bring along a towel, ice-cream container with lid, and a board for this lesson. Also I always recommend looking at throwing videos before you get to the wheel so that what I am showing and telling you to do is not quite so alien. Here are a couple of potters who I enjoy watching for the ABC’s of wheel throwing.
The more times you can watch these the more you will ‘get’ it!
In the advanced classes there have been some amazing trowing sessions with students really beginning to make well shaped and sized bowls. What happens is that the more you do it the better your hands remember the basics all by themselves and that leaves the rest of your brain able to focus on what shape and size vessel you want. Well done!
I leave you with some images from this very busy week and I look forward to seeing you next week for more muddy fun!
Have great long weekend!
Tatyanna a.k.a The Busy Finch