Monday, November 22, 2010

Pinching On A Blue Moon

I'm pinching on a blue moon while I take stock of what I make.

Here's a pinch planter with a tray to go with it. I used Florida clay slip and will leave these au naturel, no glaze. I have a few ideas for more pinch planters.

The size of these pinch pots was dictated by the size of the leftover balls of clay. The one with the holes I hope to use when I take the pine needle basket class. I want to weave pine needles around the top. Not sure what the little ones can be used for, perhaps cone incense. They're only about 1.5 inches in diameter.

There's something wonderful to me about making pinch pots, somehow meditative. Actually working clay no matter what the shape or size is meditative, but the pinch pots more so. The kiln is on the slow cool down now. Probably won't be ready to open till late Monday. I'm still working on the glaze post.

Thanks to Teresa Evangeline for the reminder about the Blue Moon tonight. Happy Blue Moon to you all.


  1. This process fascinates me. I also loved the link for the blue moon. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. Wheel throwing is very meditative also. At times when I can't throw I find myself more stressed out each day that goes by. Maybe I should just sit and pinch a pot for 20 minutes on those days.

  3. The pinch pots seem like a great way to make use of the leftover balls of clay! Yes, the Blue Moon was a doozey! lol thanks for the link.

  4. What a nice way to celebrate the blue moon...with a handful of clay, the earth. I Love the juxtaposition. It sounds very meditative.

  5. I enjoy the clay vases you mould from clay and its interplay with your day.

  6. Hi Mary, thanks, glad you are enjoying learning about clay.

    Hi Lori, thanks, you know I often feel the same way. I really like to do something in clay each day and pinch pots are a good way to make something that isn't complicated. All though they can be if you want them to be. I cut about a two inch square of clay right off the block and use it that way. I made a lot of pinch pots when I was living and traveling in the RV.

    Hi Marguerite, thanks, funny I always wondered what once in a blue meant, thinking it never really came, now I know.

    Hi Teresa, thanks, I was thinking of the blue moon as I was pinching, peaceful to know it was there.

  7. Hi Paul, thanks so much and welcome.


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