Here it is! The cup that took two weeks...well a week and a half but whatever! haha This cup was so cool, it needed its own case. and, since it's not really an everyday cup, i thought it would be cool if it hung on a wall like a painting! oh ya, this is my new favorite. I threw the "case" on the wheel in a similar shape as the cup and then cut out the front so that the cup could slide in and out. I created a groove tht the cup could sit in for stability and added the back with the hole for hanging and the top. I mixed up some slip and started adding details to the case. and tada! super cool new cup! I can't wait to glaze this piece :)
this cup is going to be so intricate, it's going to take two weeks. this is for last week, part one :) just wait until you see what i have planned! ! woohoo its gonna rock!
Here's the third set up cups for the year!
I started with 1.5 lbs of clay and threw these tumblers on my pottery wheel at my home studio. I tried to make them so that when they stand next to each other, they sort of mimick one another. I like this concept and would like to play around with it more in the future both with mimicking and with the negative space between the forms. I started teaching one of my drawing classes this week at our local community center and I was talking about negative space. This must have been what prompted all of this.
I then trimmed the bottom of the cups and applied a dark green slip to the outside. Once the slip dried, I carved away the designs. I didn't do any planning. Just sort of doodled as I went. I did the "sunflower-y" one first and I feel it might be a bit too busy. I prefer the other one, with the larger dark areas. I think it's less busy.
Once I fire these for the first time, I'll glaze them. I can't wait to see these completed. Oh, FYI "Sgrafitto" is the technique of carving away the slip, leaving behind a design. :)
Excited about this cup! I made two originally, but totally trimmed through the first one! glad I made two. im loving the cutting out right now. I was just going to do a cup...then I was like, how can I step this up? SAUCER! lol and I like the handle a lot. the last time I did a handle like this was on my teapot, Victoria. I need to do more, they are so fancy. heres some pictures of the process. 2/52....only 50 more to go!
I'm not sure if you all were excited or not about my decision to make a cup a week. Some of you wanted me to make vases or pitchers and other forms. I chose cups. I hope you do not think I chose the easy form. To prove this, I wanted to start with a Bang! I hope you all like these goblets as much as I do. Here are some in-progress photos. Here's to a new year and a new form! Im excited, are you??!!
Pots In Use
I love seeing handmade pots in action! Functional pottery has stolen my heart. I intend to explore that love story a little more with this blog. Follow along if you want to see an talk about functional pottery on a deeper level!