Trimming Small Cups

These small cups were thrown on the hump and I added a deep foot while trimming the shape. I add Little Clay Studio’s logo when the surface is large enough, when it’s not I’ll think of a design to brush on. You can tell that my wheel has been well-loved with the amount of trimmings that have collected in the splash pan. Potters call wheels in this condition “seasoned.”

When I’m done I’ll add the trimmings and water to a plastic bag. It will take a good 5-7 days for the clay to slacken to an even consistency and after wedging it, it will be ready to use again. You can reclaim clay as long as it hasn’t been fired and doesn’t have underglaze or glaze on it. Reclaiming clay is a common practice that saves money—especially if you throw your pieces thick and trim off a lot of excess.

After the cups have been bisqued fired they will brighten to a sandy peach. They will then be wet sanded, glazed and fired a second time.

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Mini Pot and Lid

The last of the students' work is firing in the kiln, my art installation is complete, and now I can go back to throwing on wheel. I made this cute lil' pot and lid on the hump, and have several others to trim.

Throwing on the hump is a term for creating several pieces from a large mound of clay. It saves time when you want to produce a lot of work in one sitting, and it's quite miraculous watching a knob and lid take shape as you throw.

It's quiet in the studio. As I'm working I'm reflecting on my first semester as a resident artist and what's in store for 2019.

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Trimming Big Bowls

Ya'll! I didn't think it could be done, but I made a bowl large enough for that table-sized bat. I removed the splash pans from the wheel so I’ll have to trim super slow...

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