Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The look of this clay in the greenware state mesmerizes me. The color is soft and warm and the shape somehow comforting. I wish I didn't have to fire this piece; I wish it was finished now. I used one lump of clay, so it's totally pinched. Come to think of it, I'm totally pinched, but happily, in the grip of clay.
Sometimes the stem is too soft to hold up the weight of the bowl right after I make it. So I use my pinch bowl holder. A dry sponge balanced on top of a container will let the bowl hang freely till the stem hardens up a bit. I wrap the bowl with soft plastic, but leave the stem exposed a while, usually fifteen minutes to half an hour. Then I carefully remove the piece, set it upright, and cover it to dry in the cabinet.
A posey of flowers placed inside could drape nicely over the wavy edge; a fruit compote could be shared by two. Maybe I'll make a couple of spoons. Thanks for reading and for all your comments and encouragement.