The past couple of months I have been throwing a lot of smaller items; earring trees, candle pots, mugs, dishware, etc. I have created some larger pieces here and there like wedding platters, and this big lantern that is in the works, but that’s about it. As I looked through my inventory I realized I have not made a lot of large bowls. I decided to make an afternoon of it and throw a bunch on the wheel.
Bowls can actually be a tricky shape to throw. Your walls need to be thick enough to support the flair of the bowl without collapsing, but thin enough for aesthetics. A tall wide bowl is actually much easier to make, in my opinion, than a shallow, wide, low-profile bowl. I have made those before and flared the bowl out so much that the whole rim warbled and collapsed. I enjoy throwing bowls, but glazing them is even better! You can get some of the coolest crystal formations in a bowl that a straight (vertical) surface just can’t handle. It is a running glaze, so in a bowl the glaze runs and pools into the center allowing for large crystal growth. You can achieve similar results in a platter, tray or something with a relatively flat surface.
Other than throwing bowls, I have been keeping up with throwing collecting dishes. I need a LOT for all of the glaze firings I have to do between now and my summer craft fair! I have a glaze firing going now. I started it yesterday around 3:30pm and it should complete around 12:30pm today. I can’t wait to see how everything turned out. I mixed up two new glazes I have been working on and this firing was their test. I hope they come out beautifully. Once this kiln is unloaded, I have the next load ready to go! Have a great weekend everyone!