#50 -Failed Bowl

It looks like a pile of dog-doo doesn’t it?  Actually, you are looking at a really messed up bowl!  I got the clay centered, my instructor left the room, I panicked, failed at raising the walls and then it buckled and collapsed.  Just another day at pottery class :)  It’s always a good idea to offer up a sacrificial piece to the pottery gods anyway!

Next, I had a great idea to bring in my Pakistani textile stamps I found at the big Brimfield Antique Show.  Each of these wooden stamps were hand carved by an artisan to decorate saris and other fabrics.  When I saw them at Brimfield I knew I had to have them, but I wasn’t sure what I would do with them.  Maybe stick them in a bowl on my coffee table?  Create hand stamped note cards? Pretty much I have done nothing with them for two years. Until I thought of using them for my pottery pieces. Check it out. The effects are gorgeous.

#50- Pottery

The indentation is quite deep which means I will be able to get a lot of glaze to seep into the crevices and give me some great contrast.  The black is actually from the old textile inks.   I made three bowls last week, but I have 6 stamps, which means I will have to create a full set of bowls! Stay tuned…..

#50 - Pottery glazing

I also got the chance to apply the final ceramic glazes to my mugs and crochet imprinted slab bowl.  That means they will be complete in a matter of days.  I can’t wait to see how they come out!

I got a lot accomplished today.  I am still so frustrated about the throwing aspect of pottery.  It’s so darn hard and I don’t seem to be getting any better. UGHH!  I guess not everything comes easy.  Sure wish it did though!  I’ll keep plugging along…but one day I tell ya….one day….I will be the master of the pottery universe (insert evil maniacal laugh here!!!)


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