Thursday, 20 October 2011

the journey of an "accidental" creation

Because of the nature of my "accidental work", I decided to do a photo journal of a piece from it's mere beginnings as a ball of clay to the finished glazed piece.  Remember that this creation is truly a one of a kind, never to come even close to recreating the piece again. 
step 1: ball of clay

step 2: opening of the ball of clay to form a bowl 

step 3: losing control of the clay allowing the wheel to do it's best

step 4: the "accidental" piece dried

step 5: the "accidental" piece following the bisque firing

step 6: the bisqued piece glazed    
step 7: the glazed piece fired

You be the judge.  I chose to glaze it in a blue because of all the wave-like designs in the lip and outside edges of the bowl. 
stay tuned for the photos which will be posted sometime after Oct. 28th.
Feel free to email me if you have any comments about my entries.
Thanks for following the "accidental" potter.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Creative juices are flowing...

I can't believe what just happened!  Actually, it didn't happen, I made it happen.  I have been reconstituting a bowl of mixed clay over the last few days.  This morning I was able to gather it into a nice sized ball, just waiting to be turned into something "accidental"...and it just happened.  I threw a bowl the size of my potter's wheel.  It is probably 2 and a half to three inches tall.  First time ever!!!  Needless to say it is still on the wheel.  I will let it set overnight, then see if it is safe to move it without altering the roundness of the bowl.  This reconstituted clay will be gorgeous!  It has red (2 shades), black, white, porcelain, and brown clay mixed together...a combination I refer to as granite (a play on the word, I won't take for granted the generous contributions of clay scraps that allowed me to make this wonderful combination).
until next time,

p.s. the assortment of clay was quite grey when completed.  I glazed in clear, but the overall hue is grey.  Oh well, it is still a sizable piece!