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AEDM DAY 14… Larger pottery pieces

I hope that these mono-chromatic pictures of clay pieces are not boring everyone to death but I promise once they are glazed and fired, they will be beautiful or at least a little nicer to behold!  This week I threw 2 more pieces of pottery on the wheel. Getting your 2 1/2 to 3 pound lump of clay centered is the very hardest part in the beginning. Your clay will "wobble" if it's not on center perfectly. If you have wobble, your pottery will be lop-sided to some extant. It has a lot to do with grounding your body and staying "connected" to yourself, the clay and the wheel. You sort of wrap your body around the wheel, connecting your knees to it. The way we do it is to have our left foot on a brick and our right foot on the power peddle (if you are right handed) although some prefer to work the peddle with their hand so they put it up in front of the wheel. Our instructor tells us to use "highway speed" to center the piece, "around town speed" to open and throw the piece and "parking lot speed" to shape & finish. It's a lot to remember. Also, you must keep your elbows in and connected to your body and sort of lean into your wheel. I was stunned at how much strength it takes to move that lump of clay! I believe that's why men are so good at it because they have that wonderful upper body strength that we do not have. It takes a lot of exertion. Also in the beginning, students like me tend to either forget to keep wetting the piece or wet it too much until the water is running out of the wheel well onto my shoes! It's such a wonderful learning experience though. One of he pieces I did this week is a larger and more shapely bowl. Maybe this one will hold the chips while my first one can hold the dip! =) 100_0202 My instructor wanted me to try to throw something taller so the next piece I did is a vase which he helped me with because I put a hole in the bottom  by pushing down too hard and thus thinning it out too much. Like I said…every throw is a learning process. But I do like the way this came out... 100_0209 I did sort of a messy job of slicing it off the wheel (which you do with a thin wire) so I hope I can fix that when it's time to trim after it air dries to the leathery stage. Can't wait to see all of these pieces in "living color" as I do love me some bright happy colors!  

6 Comments to AEDM DAY 14… Larger pottery pieces

  1. November 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Maron. I think these are absolutely lovely as is. I know the happy bright colors will be phenomenal, too, but the neutrals… they’re fine in their own way. I think my favorite is the short, stout one… perhaps because I am short and stout! 🙂

    Thank you, again, Maron! I hope to get back here more regularly in the days to come!

  2. November 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    You’re certainly not boring me. 😉 I love all of your pottery pieces and am quite fond of natural colors. I particularly like the shorter pot in this post. I can picture flowers floating in it right now. 🙂

  3. November 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    You are really getting the hang of that wheel. I was impressed with how much you have learned in such a short amount of time. I never realized why so many men have pots and pottery at craft fairs, but now I understand. It’s all in the body!

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