I wanted to create a variety of beaker shaped cylinders, using a mix of clay bodies – superior white porcelain, Keanes stoneware 10, and the house reclaimed. I was unable to create the same shape more than once to a degree I was happy with however, and after a number of attempts I gave up this task and move on.
It has been a fortuitous move as it taught me very quickly I am getting better at lager objects so in discussion with Gary I decided to attempt larger ‘true and pure’ cylinders. I threw a number of these to gain a variety of heights and diameters, and with amounts of clay ranging from 1.5kg – 2 kgs of clay. I also continued to work in both the SWP and house reclaimed (having run out of the Keanes clay).
I threw the cylinders with a slightly thicker base intentionally so as to allow a more stable platform to dry upon and also used bats for the 1st time, which proved to be a great boon to my throwing technique. This led me to having to turn a fair amount from the base and walls of the cylinders to reduce the weight and continue to compliment the shape. I was striving for a hidden foot in all turning – as I find this reduces and weight of the base and it looks much better when the wall of the cylinder goes all the way to the surface it is upon.
The glaze plan is a ‘simple’ crystalline base, with oxides as colourants - Copper for green, nickel for blue, and iron to get browns.
As it is a crystalline glaze it would have to be oxidation firing.
This should make a simple form look much more visually exciting and make the viewer take a closer look. I planned for the inner wall to come as close as possible to the bottom of the cylinder to have a 90° angle to the base.
Open forms - Bowls
Continuing along the theme of the crystalline glaze I have attempted a group of larger, functional bowls.
Each has a gradual curve leading into a flattish base – a shape that I have personally found to be most useful.
Each would have a turned but hidden foot to help with handling, lighten the weight and continue the outer curve in a pleasing manner.
A smooth throwing finish will be maintained to make the crystalline glaze an exciting feature. Clourants would continue to be Oxides – green (copper), or blue (nickel and/or cobalt)
Oxidation firing will be used.
The throwing technique used as little tooling as possible to assist myself in learning to throw better.