Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The one where I left a fingerprint on my jug!

Today was my last pottery class of this session. Our intention was to finish the pots we had made each week.

Biscuit fired ready for glazing.

It was a six week course which meant we would have a different pot for each week (I missed one due to being on holiday). Week one I made a pinch pot which is not very good but it got us used to the clay and I may put my cotton wool pads in it. Week two we made a sushi dish, a baby dish and two little fish to put your chopsticks on. I don't eat sushi so mine will end up as a Malteser holder or a pin collector. Week three we made a funky mug and the last week I made a milk jug (we have milk bags here so they should fit perfectly in it).

It's very hard to glaze your pots when you can't really see what the colour is going to look like. I think most of mine are a bluey/green but I can't be sure.

My milk jug should be black and white (like a cow) and I painstakingly painted all the hearts black three times to ensure a good deep colour and then put the wax on before dipping it in Cream for ages. Hope it works because if I didn't dip it long enough it will be orange!

I put a glass bead in two of the dishes as this will melt and crackle to make a lovely finish in one corner.

I'm quite sure this one isn't red but a kind of blue one end and green the other!

We should be able to pick them up in a couple of weeks. In the meantime I have signed up for the next session which starts in April. Most of us from the same class have signed up so it will be nice to see the same people again.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Although I have done pottery before at night class when I was much younger, I love the creative process, the feel of the clay and find it all so very calming and relaxing. I always dreamed of having my own kiln and being an arty farty painter/potter/created. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.



pearshapedcrafting said...

The glazing stage is so exciting because as you say you can never tell exactly how the colour will turn out! Look forward to seeing them too!! Chrisx 48

Annie said...

Wow these are simply gorgeous....and it seems we have the same dreams :-) It's so exciting waiting to see the finished results.
I really loved using the potters wheel at school and really should sign up for a pottery class.
Annie x

Lisca Meijer said...

Looking forward to seeing the fired results. How exciting! I've never done anything like this, and it looks ever so difficult! I hope your jug ends up the right color. And if not... never mind. You've had a good time.