10 May 2007

Ceramics FOs

I finally have some finished ceramics pieces to show you. Here's my very first piece, the Caveman Mug. The handle's actually quite nice, but that's only because the instructor made it as a demo.

Then I made a box. I guess it's not too hideous. I experimented a bit with my glaze "technique" on it. But I was in a hurry so it's kinda spotty. Let's pretend I intended it that way.

Now, these last two pieces I actually kind of like. This bowl would have turned out really cool---

--except the clay was too thin in one spot and it cracked when it was fired. I guess I can still put stuff in it, though, and I love this glaze (which the instructor did, again). Finally, there's this guy:

You can't tell from this picture, but his body is actually a cup, so you could use this as a pen holder or something. Believe it or not, this project was not my idea. The instructor gave us a choice of making a cat or dog, and the dog happens to look quite Saint-like. I wasn't too thrilled with this piece until after I glazed it. His tail fell off when he was fired. But I really do like how he looks glazed, and the missing tail is no big deal.

So, there we go--my masterpieces. Next week is the last week of class, and we get to raku. Whatever that entails.

I have to say, I adored this class. Ceramics takes enough concentration for me that I didn't think about anything else while I was in class, and the 2 hours just flew by every week. I'm going to try to sign up again in the fall, and maybe learn then to use the wheel. Where else can you get 16 hours of therapy plus assorted ugliesh things to take home, all for $52??


ruthie said...

wow that's a deal!! I wish i could sign up too!! I'd love to take a ceramics class and I think you did pretty well. my favorite is the doggy ;-)

Iris said...

Ahh, this makes me long to start doing ceramics again. I used to go to a course but it got cancelled and ever since then I haven't got round to anything. We actually found an old potter's wheel last year and D bought it for my birthday, but I haven't used it yet - first I was pregnant and hence couldn't work with clay and glazes, then there was all the DIY in our house, then there was work... Ah well, maybe this summer!


Crowzma said...

I'm not too sure about the mug or the box, but I LOVE the bowl (must be a vestige from the archaeology classes I took in college) and that doggie thing is just way too cool!

Knatolee said...

AH, these are wonderful! I am particularly fond of the Saint, but the box is also very cool. ANd what a shame the dish cracked. I used to hate it when things like that happened to my pottery.

Great work!! You must keep going.

Kelly said...

I think you did a great job on your ceramic pieces! The dog is my favorite.