A few weeks ago, I moved all of my hand building stuff out on the back deck so I could work outside. Then a deer died in the woods behind our house and it has been too stinky to work outside for days and days. It has finally decayed to the point of not smelling anymore so I worked outside this afternoon. We woke up to fierce thunderstorms this morning and I had to work at Claymakers, but the sun came out this afternoon and it was nice and cool on the deck so I got in a few hours of hand building with a bunch of scrap clay I have been collecting. I'll use it for Raku, so it doesn't matter that it is kinda ugly.
These bowls are paper thin, some with texture some not. I have some Raku glazes to test out and these will be great for that. I am thinking that I will make a bunch of these to take to Penland for the Raku workshop. We are supposed to bring bisque, but I don't want to make anything special that may or may not make it home in one piece. Maybe one piece, but a stack of these bowls that I can knock out quickly are great for testing glazes.
I'm also working out a ceramic book cover. I have been wanting to make books for garden journals for a long time, the slab I rolled out for the bowls was really thin so I used some of the left overs to make this quick one. Now I just have to take a book making class......
I also made a bunch of little trays, some chop stick holders and wasabi dishes, and some pendants, which I forgot to photograph. It's amazing how much stuff you can make out of scraps.