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Wheel Throwing Update – Finished Pieces Pt. 1

Last Tuesday was our last pottery class (you can read about it here) and this past weekend, we were able to pick up our finished, glazed pieces. As you may have gathered from my previous update, I was very nervous about how my pieces would turn out because I did not have a good night of glazing. I had drips, I missed little spots, and I even had to wash the glaze completely off of one bowl. However, when I came home and saw my pieces sitting on the counter, I was pleasantly surprised! There were a few that did not turn out the way I had envisioned (when does anything come out the way you imagine?), but overall I was pleased with the results! My dad’s pieces came out really great too, especially his really awesome lidded vase!

I’ve been so busy getting ready for Christmas that I haven’t had much time to photograph everything. I was really excited to show you the final products, however, so I have decided to post them in parts.

Here are a few shots of the vase my dad made. This is definitely one of my favorite pieces. I love the colors he chose! The cobalt blue is so rich and the white glaze has a really nice painterly effect. He should be very proud of the final product!

Vase

This is a small, wide bowl that I made. I used warm white glaze on the inside and olive green on the outside. I really like the way the glazes run together on the sides of the bowl, as you can see in the top right photo. I think this piece will make a good catch-all dish.

SmallBowl

And, finally, here is the cup I made. Originally it was going to be a mug, but then I kind of liked it without a handle. I used a really awesome glaze called Randy’s Red on the rim and inside of the cup and white on the outside. Again, I love the way the red runs into the white on the sides, which you can see in the two center photos.

Cup

Those are all the photos I have for today. Hopefully I can get some more posted this weekend – I have a mug and bowl I’m really excited about and my dad made the cutest tea cup for my mom!

Today is going to be filled with writing Christmas cards because I really need to get them in the mail! I hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Wheel Throwing Update, Pt. 2

Last night was our last wheel throwing class. I can’t believe how quickly the past 7 weeks have gone by! I’m a bit disappointed its over because I feel like I was just getting the hang of throwing. Oh well…

 

Last night, all of the things we made were out of the kiln and ready to be glazed, so we spent the whole 2.5 hours glazing our pieces. I have to be honest, I hate glazing. It was the most frustrating class we’ve had. You have to dip your piece into the glaze rather than paint it on. You may be thinking, “how hard is it to dip a bowl into liquid?” Well, let me tell you, it is not as easy as you think! There are a number of complications that can arise, such as drips, missing small areas, and the glaze being too thick on your piece so that it just cracks off (yes, this happened on two of my pieces, one of which I completely washed off and brought home unglazed).

 

Anyways, the pieces were fired last night so they will be ready to pick up this weekend. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the unglazed pieces:

 

my dad's pieces

my dad’s pieces

my pieces

my pieces

I finally made a mug!! and a cup

I finally made a mug!! and a cup

my best bowl

my best bowl

 

I will take pictures of the final pieces when we get them back. Until then…

 

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Wheel Throwing Update

Tonight will be our fifth wheel throwing class, weather permitting (it’s currently snowing here!), which means that we only have two classes left! (If you missed my first post about the class, you can read it here) Last week, the pieces we glazed were out of the kiln and ready to take home! Here are some photos of our final pieces:

My Dad’s cup – he used two different glazes

Red glaze on the inside, blue on the outside

My Dad’s teacup – again, he used two different glazes

It’s so cute!

My dish – this was the very first piece I threw

I also did a two-tone theme

My bowl with handles

I went a bit too heavy on the white glaze, but I really like the way it ran together with the red

After marveling at the work we did, it was time to trim the pieces that we threw the previous week. I didn’t get any shots of my dad’s (he wanted me to wait until they were complete!), but I did snap a few photos of mine. I trimmed two bowls and both were happy mistakes! On the first bowl, the rim was really uneven when I pulled the clay up so we fixed it by creating a wavy edge. Then, last week, after I finished trimming it, I decided to add little buttons on the waves. I like the way it turned out!

Originally, the second piece I threw with the intention of making a mug, but it turned into a bowl instead. Then, last week, when I went to trim it, I saw a huge dent in the side. The bowl was actually a really nice shape, so I was upset that this dent ruined it. But, of course, we came up with a solution as to how to fix it…add some designs on the bowl and cover up the dent! I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I think this is my best piece yet!

I hope that my bowls are ready to glaze tonight. I’m not sure how I will do either one yet. As you can see from the first pieces I glazed, I went with a two-tone color theme, but I don’t know if that will work on my latest pieces. The glaze is somewhat tricky because it’s the kind that you don’t paint on. You have to dip the pieces into the glaze and try to get a nice thin layer. I wish it was the kind you paint on, especially for my flower bowl, but oh well! We’ll just wait and see how it all turns out!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Wheel Throwing

For the past three weeks, my dad and I have been taking a wheel throwing class at the Center for Contemporary Art on Tuesday nights. I tried pottery once in high school and was absolutely terrible at it. So, I decided it was time to try it again! Well, I am still not that great at wheel throwing, but I am definitely doing better than I did in high school. Wheel throwing is all about technique and getting the clay centered on the wheel. If you can do that and then keep it centered, you’ll be okay. But of course, it’s not that easy to keep it centered. So far, I have made a couple bowls. I really want to make a mug, but I can’t seem to pull the clay up high enough, so everything just turns into a bowl. My dad has made a really nice teacup that he is quite proud of!

My dad’s two pieces (pre-glaze)

His teacup (pre-glaze)

Last week we glazed two of our pieces, including my dad’s teacup and my bowl. I’m excited to see how the glazing turns out. I did both of my pieces with a two-tone color. Hopefully tonight they will be out of the kiln and we’ll be able to glaze our other pieces.

My bowl with little handles (pre-glaze)

It’s hard to believe there are only three classes left! Although it’s somewhat difficult, I’m really enjoying the class. It’s fun to work with the clay and try to shape different objects. I may sign up for another session in January because I feel like six 2.5 hour sessions aren’t enough.

Stay tuned for more photos of some finished pieces!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane