I came across this photo of some pots that I did just before Christmas.
When I first did the “Pot Throwing” workshop, I managed to drop a days worth of pot throwing on the floor! At the end of the day, I was moving the pieces that I had thrown to a shelf for bisque firing. The pieces were lined up on a plank of wood behind the wheel, but the plank was not fixed or a part of the wheel station, as I was lead to believe. As I lifted the second piece, the rest of the days work fell to the floor as the plank tipped.
So always check that shelves are shelves, and not planks! As you will end up looking like a plank!
Anyway, I returned and redid all the pots that I did the first time round, then when they had dried Leather-hard I was able to finish or turning them.
I find pot throwing very therapeutic and I can easily zone-out when I am at the wheel, which is okay when throwing pots but not when you are driving! Pot turning also has that affect on me. To those of you that don’t know what I mean by turning, is the method of smoothing the pot, in particular the base or foot of the pot. When the pot is almost dry it is leather-hard, and the pot can be put upside-down on the wheel, secured with wetter plastic clay around the lip and the wheel. Once it is secure and centred, the base can be shaped and smoothed to form a foot using tools.
So if anyone knows of a cheap potter’s wheel for sale let us know. Anyway peace out until next time.