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.
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…..
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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