"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pots, pots, pots

Those of you familiar with the Arts & Crafts pottery made between 1890-1910+ are familiar with the Roseville jardineres on pedestals. We thought we would attempt to make at least one. It is a difficult challenge because the two pieces are made separately and must fit together after the 15% shrinkage our pieces undergo from thrown to finish. Roseville pottery was cast and though handling plaster molds fill of liquid clay slip is tricky, they were a factory and had appropriate mechanization. Here is a large base Steve has thrown. He'll put a slab on top from which he'll make a rim for the bowl to sit on. Next he'll make the bowl.

This is also a difficult piece, inspired by an original Teco design. The donut shape at the bottom was thrown first, allowed to set up while the next section was thrown. Then the two were joined and here you see Steve adding yet another section for additional height after the first two pieces have set up. He was successful and that is a feat in itself with all that weight sitting on the donut.
Now he'll decorate it.

Of the two, which has the scariest Halloween face?

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