Thursday, 29 May 2014

Pottery Class #8

My last pottery class. Boooooo. I spent the entire time painting and managed to get everything done. It helped that I painted almost everything with the same underglaze and had all the colours already planned out. I thought I was pushing it with all of my stuff but someone else was planning on glazing almost everything she made in the 8 weeks. Needless to say, she did not get them all done.

The only piece I didn't have completely planned was my plate so I save it until the end. I got a little tight on time so all my potential plans of fun lines or a drawing went out the window. I used the paints I had on hand and just threw something together. There is something to be said for not having time to over think about a design.

The bright green on the goblet is actually the clear glaze. The green is a food dye that apparently burns off in the kiln. It was a bit concerning while painting it on although I understand the practicality of it as it makes it easier to see while painting. It seems that a lot of the glazing process in pottery is experimentation and trust that the colours will change after firing. 

I got my bowl and vase back from last week. I like the bowl but the vase is much darker than I had anticipated and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It looks really red in the picture but under natural light and from further away, it's almost like a red/brown. I find it hides the texture of the vase. I'm going to see if it grows on me and if not, I think I'll take it to a drop in class and put a coat of blue or teal to try and brighten it up a bit.

I can't believe the classes are over, now what am I going to do with my Wed nights?

1 comment:

Helen said...

Wonderful stuff Alley! Can't wait for Christmas.