Drop Frames and Monsters

Ok… it’s time to throw a few more bananas into the cake…

I’ve decided to get another studio monkey to help with the R&D in prep for the Small Monsters exhibition.
Enter the Jade Monkey… (inside joke)… I had the good fortune to have a helper out in the studio testing a set of Drop Frames this week-end. Jade’s slab work was exceptional and opened up a whole new path. High Five!

These frames are from Matt at MossBeach Ceramics. Check them out, these are a whole bunch of fun!

Decorate a slab an set in the frame and drop!
FUN!

 

 

 There are so many directions to take this…
 Big thanks to Matt & the Monkey!
This is only going someplace good…
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Plastic Stencils Results (Round 1)

Well laid plans often work with a wide variance of success.

Plastic stencils and hakeme.

The detail is going…

 
Gone…
The translucents work well, but this is a good point to rethink my approach to creating a controlled breaking of surface tension using my crackle glaze and the underlying surface.

Agate Ware Bowls

Still at it with the bowls… 52 more thrown and trimmed. I’m trying to get a good variety of surfaces in. Got a double handful of stenciled slips on the ware boards drying along with a bakers dozen of agate ware and even a few plain ones.

Usually I kind of enjoy throwing out in the cold(ish) fall and winter months. Boil up a bucket of water for the throwing slip, put on an extra pair of socks and pull on the long underwear and voila… no problem. This year though, it’s just humid enough to really slow down the drying and the greenware is getting a bit backed up.

Hmmmmm.

Here’s a spot of video that we shot while throwing the agate ware yesterday. This’ll be spliced into the stack of videos that we’ll show in the background at the Souper Supper Event in February.
Let me know what you think, the feedback is really helping to move this project along.

Throwing Lids for Canisters

I’ve been taking up some loose time this week with filling inventories for November. My kiln blew an element last week and now I’m passing time until the replacement part arrives. I’ve been throwing canisters for my local farmers markets.

So… this post is about lids.

I know a lot of potters hate throwing lids, I hear professionals and students alike grump their way through this chore. I’ve been lucky, I’ve really enjoyed developing my approach to throwing this type of lid. It’s taken a few years and a few hundred lids to work out most of the kinks, but the time spent was well worth it.

Throwing Lids
My lids are made with heft, durability, and functionality in mind. They have got to stand up to at least a family’s worth of use. They are truly a functional item that need be well crafted to fit to their companion well. Still, at the same time, I create these with an eye on my personal decorative athletics of strong curvilinear lines, clean tight surfaces juxtaposed with textures, and with a well formed knob on top.
The carved out concave in the center in the bottom of the lid is purely functional, it helps even out the drying of the form, decrease the weight, improve it’s balance, and, well… I like it.

 

Throwing Lids

This is a deceptive shot. I’ll usually throw a series of 7- 15 canisters in a sitting. All of the galleys are made to meet whatever my current predetermined inner diameter is. This is a ritual of studio covenience for me, this way I’m free to explore a body’s form and the lid will essentally fall into place as it moves through the studio. This piece shown is almost 12 hours old. Shrinkage at this scale makes a huge difference… so pay attention to the “wet measurements” of those openings. Take notes and figure out your shrinkage scales of the clays you choose to use, it really pays off.

 

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Let it dry to leather hard before trimming….
Throwing Lids
I throw a fresh trimming chuck to softly hold a green lid and slowly enlarge it as I work though a lid series.
Throwing Lids

This is the finished fit for a lid in a greenware canister. I don’t approve of excessive slop in the play between the lid and galley. When I throw 15 canister bodies I throw 20- 25 lids and mix and match to fit the greenware.

To get a feel for the entire process, check this out.