There are sometimes just too many choices! When I was teaching at school glazing was often a just dip and go kind of thing - but now I have the ability to think about it. I am leaning, however, towards what I do best -- painting with the underglazes as watercolor.
Finding a source photo to create an image that is linear, but literal and evocative without being either too descriptive or too decorative is the goal.
The cobalt will be bright - but it difficult to know exactly how the yellow and pink will hold up at cone five... they will be covered in clear glaze and they are made of a very white clay - seattle pottery's Sea-Mix five.
Some source photos -- Walking around I am always looking for patterns in the way living plants organize themselves. Having these cameras in our pockets all the time is an extraordinary tool. I can go back to many different times and spaces for imagery.
Add more twists. Pulled clay will make more than handles - makes nice decorations. I didn't want to make the handles twisted and therefore uncomfortable to hold … so I added a twist at the base.
Now into the bisque! Have some time to think about glazing - but as a general rule I used to tell my students - Complex Form - Simple Glaze; Simple Form - Complex Glaze. But we'll see.
Decided to explore further the idea of a twisted form. Footed the large vases and threw some cups. Wondering about what the handles will look like...?
I am a huge fan of cobalt stain. Below are the before the fire and one after. I put the stain on with the ware uncentered on the kick wheel. There is more to be explored here.
So much to enjoy with wheel thrown pottery. Circles in circles and the wrapping of handles. Pulling clay by hand is not so different than pulling on the wheel... Wonderful to have clay to shape again. it's not just the forms that become centered. Beginning to think about texture more...