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.