Monday, September 22, 2008

Oh the Humanity!!!

It's tragic! Those of you with weak constitutions turn away now!

It's time for...

POTTERY DISASTERS
#'s 1, 2, & 3


It's a horrible feeling really... You work so hard on a piece of pottery and in a blink of an eye, it's destroyed... luckily, I've only had a few losses, just three have been caught on camera.

Unfortunately for me, all three of these disasters were all part of one ill-fated project.

The picture below is of a 3 tiered cake stand set I was making. As you can tell, the smallest stand started warping from the beginning and turned mostly into a candy dish.
The middle stand sort of did the same thing, but not as badly, so it was still tolerable. The base stand, and largest of the 3 stands was perfect in every way, and I loved it.
Then the Pottery God struck me with His wrath... and this happened...
Nooooooooooo!!
Cracks!The base shrunk and pulled my favorite platter apart-
ripping and tearing the clay like wet tissue paper... a tiny piece of me died that day...

The next day, while mourning the loss of the fabulous cake stand that could never be, again the Pottery God smote me.

Another students creation had an air pocket deep inside one of it's extremely thick walls, and exploded (violently, I might add), while being bisqued; obliterating my small cake stand, and everything else on that particular shelf.

With two down and only one to go, I figured nothing else could possibly go wrong. Right?
Wrong.
About a week later, after reassuring myself that I'd never had a problem with glazing before, and that the last remaining cake stand was going to be perfectly fine and beautiful, I took down the kiln wall and discovered (now, I'm actually a little embarrassed to post) this:

The single most hideous glaze job I've ever seen in my life. It looks like something that may have been half-digested by "the Blob".

This is awful. The 3 tiered cake stand idea was doomed from the beginning.

But that, my friends, concludes the first (and hopefully last) edition of:

POTTERY DISASTERS

I'm going to go to pray to the Pottery God now.

Until next time-
Pinky

Friday, September 12, 2008

How I Love My Little Piggies...

After running out of creative ideas, I decided to create a few piggy banks.

This picture is of them drying out waiting for their trip through the bisque.
These started out as small, wheel thrown pots. The eyes, ears, feet, tails, and even their little bums are all hand made elements, making each of them unique and one of a kind.
And where do the finished piggies go you ask?

These little piggies go to market!

Until next time,
Pinky