Friday, December 3, 2010
Today was productive one in the studio. I made two handbuilt vases, one slab tray, a wall sculpture, pendants, and ornaments. After dinner I decided to make a set of goblets. Perhaps you recall the two I made while I was traveling in my RV? They're pictured in the first photo on the right column. They turned out so nice I thought I'd make another set, this time four instead of two.
I start out rolling a slab and cutting out circles in various sizes for the stems. I cut the middle out of the circles and then stack them up in descending order. Then I go back and score and slip each circle to the other. I set the stems aside to stiffen up.
Next I take a small block of clay and pinch it into the drinking portion of the goblet. After I pinched the first one I thought I needed the stem to be taller so I rolled out another slab and cut two more circles, one small one and a large one. I added these and the shape looked more in proportion.
When I attached the drinking portion to the stem I thought the weight needed some reinforcement so I made a coil and attached that under the bottom of the form.
By this time I was running out of steam. But I looked at the other three stems and knew I had to finish them.
Pinch, pinch, pinching away I went making the drinking portions of the goblets. Finally I was finished.
Each one got a little bigger as I went along. Hopefully these turn out as nice as the ones I made in the RV.