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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bowls


Bowls seems to be a theme today. Paul Jessop, Joy Tanner and Patricia Griffin all have bowl posts this morning, and now here is mine. I'm taking a workshop with Susan Filley at Claymakers to make bigger pots. Yesterday Susan threw a 10 lb bowl and a 15 lb bowl demo. Susan's throwing skills are awesome and every time I take a class with her, my skills improve greatly. I start out being very confused and have to discard some bad habits, but after a while with Susan in my head, I get better pots.

Trish, in the green shirt, was at John Britt's kiln building workshop with me. The bricks in that kiln are all straight thanks to Trish's patient tapping! I came home and tried to absorb the three hour class and threw a bowl. Not quite as big as the 15 lb. bowl above. Mine started out being 10 lb. but after struggling to center that much clay I ended up with an 8 lb. bowl. Still, not bad, best bowl I have thrown in a long time. Now, if it will just survive my trimming. I do know one thing, I LIKE throwing big bowls!

6 comments:

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

Fantastic bowls. I love the challenge of throwing large pieces. Nicely done.

Linda Starr said...

Great bowl; would love to be in that kiln building class.

Laura said...

NICE! Bob and I love our bowl (the one you left at New Year's) and use it all the time. Love, love bowls.

cookingwithgas said...

Great job!
I will keep my fingers crossed your trimming goes as well as you want it to!

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Thanks guys! Meredith, I get mesmerized while trimming and usually go right through the pot.There is something so hypnotic about it. I did trim one yesterday with pretty good results. I am trying to make myself stop before I go too far and check the thickness more frequently. One more to trim today and I have a bunch of earthenware I'm going to use for more big bowls. I do dread the slipping of them though!

Patricia Griffin said...

Was reading your post and saw my name! What fun! Thanks!... Looks like Susan's class is a winner. Another one to put on my wish list. Your bowl looks great!