Ceramics

I have been taking a ceramics class for a little while now (1 semester and a shortened summer class) and have really been enjoying myself.  I am working with slabs.  I thought I would want to do pottery on the wheel, but when I went to sign up that class was full so I signed up for the slab class.  Well, that was very good luck for me!!

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Coil Pot

We learned how to do a coil pot.  I really, really like this.  After the pot was done, our teacher had us embellish it.  I used slip to make the dots on the top, the little hearts, and the squiggle on the bottom.  Then I used one of my cake decorating tips to push in those little star decorations.  We learned how to use a dye to make some areas stand out and then we glazed it.  Alas, I was not allowed to keep it… my 15 year old daughter “stole” it and is planning on planting a succulent in it and placing it on her desk.  Probably this weekend.

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Paper pattern slab pot.

This was also super fun to make.  Our teacher had all these patterns that we could choose from.  I chose this and cut it out of the clay that I had rolled to be 1/4″ thick.  Then a design is pressed into the clay, the sides are folded up, and all the edges are smoothed.  Super fun and relatively easy to do.

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Bottom of the pot.

Since most of us are making kind of the same things, we were told to customize the bottom – I chose to use a rubber stamp of a robot – he makes me smile!  I was not allowed to keep this one either – the 17 year old boy wants a plant for his room now.  I don’t mind, I like that the kids want the stuff that I make.  My next session starts in two weeks and I can’t wait!  We are going to be making bird houses/feeders I think.

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