Slipcasting is a relaxed and above all clean way to make a bunch of vessels.. I can combine it with working due to the waiting time between actions… And it’s fun to play with different layers, colours and ‘random’ effects..
Clay is heavy. Centering and pulling large amounts of clay is hard work and difficult. control versus force. My limit (now) is about 3kg of clay (at least, I’m starting to get there), so if I want to make something bigger there’s one way to do it: make it in parts and join them. A technique I’ve seen done lot’s of times on youtube but never tried until now.. It took quite a while and a real staredown with the clay for a couple of days to start it.
The result is the biggest vessel I made to date. Not perfect, but hey.. i’m getting there!
Pottery is largely about construction. Wall thickness, supporting shapes, compressing, attaching, galleries to hold lids, handles, and in this case it all comes together… One of the most fun vessels to make: the teapot
One of the first things you have to let go when trying your hands on pottery is the need to control things. No matter how much you think you understand what’s happening, how much you master skills, the clay- and kilngods have the last say. but… more and more you get to have a little say in the outcome