It's been quite a nice day here, on and off. The sun is shining as it sets over the Ouse cut-off channel. The gate is shut. My windscreen has been replaced after cracking even more over the weekend.
So I've been making some bigger pots. Not sure where I can fire these yet, but I'll work that out. I saw - or I thought I saw - a photo of some jars that Michael Cardew made, in one of the books I have. Well, I can't find it and I don't think it exists, in fact. So what inspired me last week to make these, I don't know:
They are more like the shape I made for those ash-covered jars I made for wood-firing, except these are earthenware. I'm not sure what they're going to be like, or whether they're a bit old fashioned, but I shall fire them and see. There was another one that got the slip trailer treatment, which didn't work, so I spread it out with my fingers and it'll be kind of Korean in style, if I fire it.
I have to admit that I cheat with these. I make them with thick bases and then turn them on a chuck. I can control the shape better then, although I don't like all these shapes (the last one, in particular, I'm not sure about.)
And today, I've made a couple more big jars, again, Cardew inspired. But this time, they are thrown as-is - no thicker bases. In fact, they're a bit of a Cardew rip-off really, except I can't make pots with nice throwing rings. Here are the two I made:
I'm not sure about the one with the handles - the handles look too big, although the pot is a good 12 inches tall. The other might get lugs or something. I was thinking of either mixing up a black slip and then drawing through the glaze, or a white slip with blowing on an oxide - iron or manganese.
Also made two bottles:
The last one will get a little jug handle, probably.
These pots are all a bit rough and ready, but they're what I can make at the moment. And although I made a load of beakers today as well, the small things only go so far, and I need to make things that'll give a bit more of a whack, even if it's only £40 (and I can fire it for that.)
Anyway, more to do tomorrow - bowls and mugs specifically.