A few night ago night I started working with my clay. For a while I have wanted to do some hand-building, but because this technique is not my strong I had been putting it off. Last year I lost a sketchbook in which I had some really cool sketched out forms that I wanted to make. I have not yet lost hope of finding it. Since then, I have spent a bit of time procrastinating on my ceramics in general, let alone my not-yet-existent sculptural ceramics.
During some down time at work this week, I grabbed my sketchbook and my new Lamy fountain pen that my husband bought me for Christmas, and I started to doodle. These doodles eventually led me to finding some nice 3D forms that are good potential ceramic forms, and now I am just waiting to have some extra time (perhaps during a weekend) to start on that adventure.
Until then, getting on the wheel and throwing some vessels is always good practice which I can definitely always use. The first night I didn’t accomplish much other than conditioning my state of mind into creation mode. Yesterday morning, taking the dog for a walk in the crisp cold morning was a good wake up call. Of course I made sure I had a good breakfast because my body consumes more calories than I can feed it, especially when I’m exuding tons of energy on handling clay on the wheel.
It took me a good half hour just setting up and warming up. In the next hour following, I successfully completed this bottle which I must say is probably one of the better (and taller) bottles I have made ever. Bottles, or closed vessels, used to come naturally to me when I started taking ceramics in school. Soon after that I lost the ability to close my vessels without destruction as the end result.
Check out my beautiful bottle:
By the way, if you are wondering about these pictures, I edited my iPhone snapshots with an application called DistressedFX, which I have had for a while and I love using.
In the next few days, as I work more out of my clay, I will keep posting pictures for all to see. Until then…!