Hello all you wee mud monkeys!
Well that’s another term of pottery madness finished! Everybody put a supreme amount of work and talent into the exhibition and also discovered how to make or refine new pottery ideas during the term…well done!
As the title of this post suggests next term is the term for making Christmas goodies! It provides makers the opportunity to gift special items as a thanks for others love and care during the year. If you want to do this by making individualized special ceramic items that then it is a good time to think about collecting images and ideas, shapes and colours and assessing the skills that you have to enable you to achieve your goals.
The basic ways of making that you will have tried are…
Slab rolling – great for making cylinders…t-lights, jugs, mugs, serviette rings, straight sided containers, nesting bowls, plant hangers, shot glasses, tumblers, vases, ramekins.
Pinch pots – great for making round shapes…bowls, t-cups, tapas dishes, nesting bowls, pebble shapes, birds, animals, spoons.
Throwing – great for making…bowls, cups, mugs, vases (anything roundish really!), also you could make a mould for doing pinch pots in.
Sometimes picking one way of making and one theme…like vases or t-lights can be enough to start producing lots of variations that you can quickly and competently make. Remember that there are only 8 weeks in the term so you really want to have most of your making out of the way by week 5…then have lots of time to get things, bisqued and glazed through the term. Because of the quantity of work that is produced over the Christmas term the kilns are usually working flat out…and often not everything will fit into the weekly schedule so allow plenty of time for being stuck in the firing queue. Also…big things take longer to get through the kiln as there are only so many I can fit in at once…this includes dinner sized plates and tall vases!
Please have a great holiday break and come back to class with a workbook bursting with ideas…really I do love seeing your workbooks!
Tatyanna a.k.a The Busy Finch
I leave you with some inspiration for next term!