Well, there is my futile attempt at making vases today! That is a new 25 lb. of Raku clay. It was too soft, I could NOT wedge out the air bubbles, and it was all twisty at the bottom, even when I was sure it was centered. I was covered with clay by the end of the day with only one vase to show for my effort and lovely as it was, I cut the bottom out of it when I cut it off the wheel. It occurred to me that I am basically teaching myself to throw vases. I have taken a lot of classes, but mostly cup, bowl, plate demos. I have been making lots of bowls and cups, and hand building plates from slabs. No vases. Until now. I haven't really had anyone show me how to make a proper vase, so I'm just figuring it out. Maybe after I re wedge this clay it will be happier. Meanwhile, I finished up my coil bottle, and rather like it a lot. If the Raku goes well, I may donate this to the NC Pottery Center for the upcoming faces auction.
The face was made from a ceramic mold that I got on my trip to Asheboro with Barbara McKenzie, when we bought all of those 60's molds.
I'm thinking that I would like to make some bottles and jugs in the style of the old Seagrove jugs and Raku them. That could be very cool.