Bowls

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!

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  • gosh! how do you even have time to blog…or eat, or sleep? you definitely put me to shame!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Meloday! haha, I often wonder myself where time goes and how can I get some more! 🙂 I have definitely been doing a lot, but at the same time I am feeling behind! Keep up your good work too. I love following your blog and what you are working on!ReplyCancel

  • gosh! how do you even have time to blog…or eat, or sleep? you definitely put me to shame!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Meloday! haha, I often wonder myself where time goes and how can I get some more! 🙂 I have definitely been doing a lot, but at the same time I am feeling behind! Keep up your good work too. I love following your blog and what you are working on!ReplyCancel

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