Confessions of a Clay-Collecting Junkie, or 11 Reasons to Throw Oversized Bowls

I have a confession to make: my clay collection might be getting a little out of hand.

Seriously. I have about 11 different types of cone 5 and cone 10 clays in studio, and I still find a way to convince myself that I need more. Thanks to Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up”, I discovered a 25 lb bag of clay in the hallway closet, and this is after finding a good 75 lbs in the trunk of my car.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have so much clay. Each clay body has its unique characteristics and I liken my collection to coins or stamps. I plan to make test tiles of each clay on a slow day, but with 11 types, this will be a project in itself.

Second to collecting clay, I love to form it into oversized bowls that make for home decor and statement pieces. This bowl started as a 7-pound mound and will be trimmed considerably. By the time it fires it’ll reduce to approximately 3 pounds, sturdy enough to serve generous portions, and light enough to want to use often.

The bowl pictured fires to a deep espresso and I’m searching my Pinterest boards to see how I want to decorate it. Right now I’m deciding between applying matte and satin white glazes that illuminate brush strokes, or pouring cobalt and rutile over it, and brushing on a golden glittery glaze…to be continued.

U P D A T E : After my trip to Seattle I now have 13 clay bodies. Seattle Pottery has over forty varieties—quite the collection.

Little Clay Studio’s bowls are food safe and generous in size for serving entrees in at parties, or for a special addition to meal times. Gorgeous, simplistic, painterly, modern, and minimalist. Anthropologie, Madewell, Domino Magazine, and Kinfolk inspired.
Little Clay Studio’s bowls are food safe and generous in size for serving entrees in at parties, or for a special addition to meal times. Gorgeous, simplistic, painterly, modern, and minimalist. Anthropologie, Madewell, Domino Magazine, and Kinfolk inspired.
Little Clay Studio’s bowls are food safe and generous in size for serving entrees in at parties, or for a special addition to meal times. Gorgeous, simplistic, painterly, modern, and minimalist. Anthropologie, Madewell, Domino Magazine, and Kinfolk inspired.
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