Lately there have been:
1. thrown mugs
2. little trays-- rectangular and oval
3. oval slab vases
4. two-sided slab vases
5. cylindrical slab mugs
6. small rounded thrown dishes
I would like to make other items, but I need to make slump or press molds to facilitate those shapes ( things with a curved floor to them) I have a few things prepared to fire that will be bisque molds, but maybe I should consider plaster.
Other shapes I need to plan out so that I can develop some templates to construct them from slabs (such as butter dishes).
I think that up to this point the shapes have been driven by the consideration of how to apply decoration to them. I have been exploring various forms of applying underglaze and slip, including silk-screening onto the form. It obviously needs some form of flat area.
However, by needing this type of surface, I have discovered some shapes that really appeal to me. These include the cylindrical slab mug, the 4 sided slab bowl, rounded oval vases and these 2-sided curved wall vases.
|experimenting with a hollow handle a la Sandra Pierrentozi (sp?)|
|the upper area is actually a pink background,|
|all ready for surface decoration!|
|this one has some extra clay added to the top and lower band|
|two sides of the same vase. the dark grey areas are just the bare clay showing, which will be white when completed.|
Being pretty new to slab construction, I have been making quite simple forms. No lids yet! I think that there is a lot to learn about construction techniques. (Up until this latest spate of hand-building, the most I knew about it was from adding handles to mugs!) However, I am learning, especially about the nuances of soft to more firm leather hard slabs,...