I worked a shift at the studio on Sunday, and realized as I was picking up another of my finished pieces that I’ve been going about bowls all wrong.
I’ve heard my teacher say it a hundred times, and I’ve even heard other teachers say it: the hole you drop is the base of your bowl.
I heard it, but I didn’t understand it. It took me handling my newest piece on Sunday to realize that this means if you don’t open a wide hole to start with (and get all of that clay out of the way and in position to be the walls), it’s impossible to get a large bowl. In other words, if the initial hole is only 3 inches across, the most the rim of the bowl can be when it’s finished is 4 inches, lest the whole thing collapse while you’re pulling it up. The largest of my bowls is about 5 inches across and deep; I’m of a mind to make some serious ramen bowls now that I’ve got a better understanding of how to make larger pieces (besides just having more clay on the wheel).
That being said, here’s a quick preview of the bowl I brought home Sunday, which will be up for sale in my Etsy store later today or tomorrow:
I adore this glaze combination; there’s something really earthy and beautiful about it that sings to me of home cooking. I’m always a little reluctant to part with anything done in this glaze… but I keep accumulating bowls with nowhere to put them! So, for sale they shall go.
Yours in mud,