Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pottery Trial and Error

Here are a few pictures of my adventures...and misadventures in the pottery studio. I'm cranking out work for an upcoming sale, so it's been all about repetition and moving quickly. The challenge of clay is that there are many places in the process where things can go wrong. As you can see in the first picture, the bottoms blew off a few of my pieces in the bisque firing. Here you can see how they look before they're trimmed. Trimming is a great way to eliminate excess bulk/weight from the bottom of the pot and it also allows you to give your pot a more continous shape.

This last photo shows a glazing mishap that has rendered these bowls useless. I'm thinking that maybe it's time to experiment with a mosaic project. Besides, who doesn't love to smash things with a hammer once in a while?


  1. Wow Niki, those are great. I had the same mishap with some glazed pieces, the little crystals didn't get hot enough or something. Urgh.

  2. PS. A mosaic project might be just what the Doc asked for!