Seeing as I just signed up for my second ceramics class (starts tonight!) I thought I should finally get around to showing off my wares from the first.
Ever since I moved here I’ve had an extreme itch to take a ceramics class. Clay is big in Montana- and I used to take classes while getting my undergrad art degree, so I couldn’t resist when I saw a weekend workshop called “Teapots and Serving Trays.” I took it in early November with artist Lea Zoltowski (whose work is unlike any ceramic sculpture I’ve ever seen). I got my pieces back from the glaze firing in December and I am pleasantly surprised with how they turned out, because I had no color tiles to look at when choosing these glazes. I really enjoyed making them, but worried about the glazing process which was rushed and disorganized. It all worked out okay though, didn’t it?
To create the texture on the serving trays, I pressed vintage lace and doilies into the wet clay. The glazes worked splendidly at filling in the cracks, and I love the subtle color changes in the oval tray, although they might be a bit overstated in these photos, thanks to winter light. I even like the crack in the square platter. Enjoy the gratuitous photos (more on my flickr).
This teapot was a beast to make. It’s gigantic, but it’s functional, so I’ll probably have to serve tea from it at least once. Again, the glaze is totally different than what I imagined, but in a good way. We made our teapots using paper pattern pieces–the process was very much like dressmaking. It’s not a technique I’ve ever seen taught in ceramics, but it makes a lot of sense– make the piece from paper first, then work with the clay. That way if it doesn’t line up, you won’t have wasted too much time.
I’m looking forward to the next seven weeks of classes, because I hope to finally master the wheel. Or, at least begin!