Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Back to work

After a doctor's appointment this morning, I spent much of today in the studio catching up on pieces that I had left unfinished over the weekend. Brian and I had travelled home to Ohio for a long weekend, spending time with family and friends. It was a great visit- busy as usual when we go home. More on that later...

One of my main tasks today was finishing up several sets of canisters that are for a gallery order. These guys are thrown, stamped, and then get a handbuilt lid. I really enjoy making these pots because even though they have many steps to completion, I like making all the parts work well together. Below is a little snapshot of how to make the lid:

-dust the rim with corn starch so the lid doesn't stick
-cut out a small circular slab to fit inside the galley and pooch down with a sock filled with sand
-once the bottom slab has set up a bit, cut a larger circle out, with a pie-piece cut out
-score and overlap cutout and attach to bottom piece
-create some kind of knob, score and attach
Close up of a finished lid:
Finished canister sets:I also finished up some teapots and started some more small serving pieces with earthenware. It felt good to have a nice, productive day in the studio. I'm becoming more and more aware of my changing pregnant body- I have to take more breaks and stretch or I start to ache! I should probably be doing that anyway.

5 comments:

Jerry said...

Thanks for posting your process pics. I am bit confused as to how the bottom slab (originally placed on the galley) and the textured slab join together and work as the final lid. I guess I don't understand what the purpose of the bottom slab is...

Amy said...

Sorry I didn't get an image of that part of the process- it took two hands so I couldn't take the picture. The texture slab becomes dimensional once the cut out piece is bent and attached, and then the two pieces are scored and attached. The only real purpose is an aesthetic one- the lid becomes more of an object, rather than a hollow form to close the piece.

Ron said...

Is this the ClayTimes website now or what? Nice little sequence there Amy. Very cool.
Sentence!

amy said...

Did you really just write sentence? Is it snowing in Shelby?

Charlie said...

I just saw a great idea for the next class. :-)