pottery love

I started pottery classes on a whim at the beginning of July. I am always itching for a creative outlet, and painting wasn’t doing it for me (it can just be so frustrating!). I have never done pottery before (why oh why didn’t I do it in school when it was FREE??), so I signed up for a Monday night class, and I can honestly say I am in love. Working on the wheel is mesmerizing, for one thing. I love the feeling of the slippery clay on the wheel, where every slight movement of the hands creates a different effect. I just learned the process of glazing two weeks ago..what a different form of art! You almost have to relinquish all control, all ideas of what your finished piece will look like- because you just don’t know. Depending on the thickness of the glaze, the amount of stirring you do, the temperature of the kiln, the oxygen the glazed piece is exposed to.. all of these factors (among numerous other things!) can completely change the finished look of the piece. It’s fun, the long waits between each firing, and then completely thrilling to see how the pieces come out of the final firing. Yes, I am really loving pottery.
A carved bowl is in the works, this one is waiting to be glazed. I plan to do a lot more free hand carving- I love how this looks, and can’t wait to see how the carving reacts to the glaze.
These are some of my miniature pots that I am obsessed with making, they are just so cute! And they shrink even more when fired- they are going to be tiny in the end!
Just some of the many glaze options for the gas kiln. I love the earthy tones the gas kiln produces.
I just glazed this carved bowl last week. I am hoping the glaze will pool into the indentations and create a great effect.
My two first-ever pottery pieces completed! The pot in the back was an experiment with routille purple glaze- one never knows how it will turn out. And the piece in the foreground is a little side dish pot, I hand-built the handles, I love how they came out!
My signature on the bottom of each pot.
This past Monday’s wheel creation.. not quite sure what this will turn into, but I will post the finished product!