Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Here are few more pieces from the last firing. The two pieces above are striped with Florida clay slip alternating with white slip and matt clear glaze exterior and rutile interior. They're super thin and are about 3h x 4w inches. I often wonder, is it too thin? Oh, you thought I was talking about my being too thin. Ha. I wish. They look fragile especially at the top edge, but would be nice as a sculptural element on a shelf. I do like the tear in the front of the one. What do you think about thin pottery?
This is a medium pinch bowl, about 4h x 8.5w inches, I also made it super thin and textured and patched pieces of clay to make it look ancient. Unfortunately my choice of glaze was a crackle on the interior and it bubbled. This was the last piece I glazed for that firing; I was tired and not thinking clearly about how to glaze it. I'd like to make more of these bowls and use a different glaze on them, something earthy, perhaps some unglazed Florida clay slip.
Anyway I wonder if you think functional pottery can be too thin. I remember seeing a very thin porcelain tumbler a potter was drinking coffee from at a workshop in Ventura years ago; I was amazed how well it held up. I don't have much experience using thin or delicate ceramic ware myself to know firsthand just how strong thin ceramic pieces really are. What do you think? Can a functional piece of pottery be too thin to use. Should thin be reserved for more formal ware, for sculptural pieces? Have you or do you use very thin pottery, can you tell me your experience with that use? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.
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