Sunday, January 4, 2009
Pinch Pot Warm Up
It's been almost three weeks since my hands touched clay, so I thought I'd warm up today with some pinch pots. First I turned on the electric space heater in my studio and did a bit of organizing, storing supplies, and generally psyching myself up to get back into the clay groove. Normally my studio stays warm due to passive solar, but the sun never showed it's face today. It was misty, overcast and darn cold; in the lower 40's all day long. I know that may seem warm to some folks, but for here it's cold.
I thought I would make a few pots for a barrel firing I plan on having soon. But, as sometimes happens, this pot took it's own course. I used Laguna B-Mix Cone 10 clay. The pot is 3 inches tall, 5 inches wide at the top, and 1.25 inches at the base. What do you think, can a thin-walled porcelain pot make it through the rigors of a barrel firing? Does anyone know the best shaped pot to make for barrel firings?
Tomorrow I'll smooth out the surfaces on this pot and warm up a bit more. I also plan on gathering more supplies for my upcoming barrel firings, more about those plans later this week.