I just made like 20 things with this new texture on them! OOOOOwwwee I"m excited. It's simple, but awesome! I love the water and anything below it, and these look like they belong underwater. I also love the taller shape that this particular bowl has. Don't get me wrong, I love the big, open bowls, but this design is different. It's not asking to be filled, it's enough just to be. Be on a dresser, be on a mantle, just be. I am learning this myself, lately. Just "Be". Having a purpose is great, but sometimes my purpose distracts me from the moment and then i miss out. :)
I went out to eat with my family to Granite City a couple of weeks ago and my mom ordered a salad. Her salad came out in this beautiful bowl. I decided to let myself be inspried by that bowl. It got me thinking about how good that salad looked in that wonderful bowl and how I could eat a lot more salads if they all looked so good. What we eat is important, but what we eat out of is too! Here's to more salads and dressing them up with a great bowl :)
Doesn't it look like leather? haha I made this bowl from a slab of clay. I'm always amazed at how something two dimentional can become three dimentional! I draped the slab over a large plastic bowl i had lying around. I then formed the clay around the bowl. I scratched up the whole outside of the bowl (that's the texture that you see poking through). This scratching served two purposes: texture and tooth. Texture for pretties, and tooth for the slabs I added onto the outside of the bowl. These little scraps of clay make the bowl look like leather. This bowl is unlike anything Ive ever made. I usually throw all my pots on the wheel and they are pretty round and symetrical, not this one. The last step I did to this bowl is dart for corners. This made the bowl taper slightly inward. The tapering makes it look somewhat like a basket, for some reason.
Inspiration credit goes to Laura Brandenburg of www.facebook.com/stonewares . She is a wife, mommy (soon to be a mommy again) and talented potter. Laura and I both sell our wares at a local farmer's market, www.facebook.com/barrstreetmarket on saturday mornings. I noticed this lovely vase of hers while I was selling two booths down. She normally throws on the wheel as well, so it caught my eye. I went down and complimented her and got a closer look. It was lovely. It inspired me. So, here's to Laura Brandenburg! Thanks for the inspiration. She has a blog, too: www.stonewares.blogspot.com .
im writing this post on my new samsung tablet!! im so in love. its wonderful, easy to use and practical. ive been wanting on for years, and ive been doing well enough with my shows and etsy sales to buy one! I sketched out this idea for this week's bowl. ill make it on my wheel upside down, then place it over a mold to get it concave. ooooweeee im pumped. ill post later this week with the finished pics.
heres the finished product :) i love the movement: )
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!