More large pots

For the past couple of weeks I have been making pots larger that my usual fare. I have a request from a couple of designer friends for large pieces for a new outlet they are opening in Park City. It is fun to work on things I usually am not able to make for lack of market.
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These oval dishes are 16″ wide.
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I tried a few of them with lids.
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I made two of these bowls. They are 16″ in diameter.
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14′ tubular vases
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These vases are between 22 and 24 inches tall.
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Here are some of them finished.
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Some people can throw big vases all in one pull. I have to make smaller parts and them join them together and finish them. Here is a 15 lb bowl that will form the base for a larger vase.
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The top part is thrown from 10 lbs of clay.
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The rims of both parts are scored with a serrated rib. The rim of the top is concave like this so that it will fit around the rim of the lower part.
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The second bowl form is inverted and carefully placed on the first like this.
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The joint is then sealed and the pot is carefully thrown in such a way as to make it one continuous pot. Of course timing is pretty important here. If the pot is rushed it will collapse. If you wait too long to join the parts the joint will crack. After a few tries you get it figured out.
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I worked at these all day today and got two finished. With a larger vase (50 lbs) I may only get one done all day.
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After the vase has set up over night I usually attach some handles of something like that.

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11 Responses to “More large pots”

  1. A Davis Says:

    Hi and thanks for putting those photos on your blog. Those are amazing pots. I live in a rural area without much opportunity for clay classes or to look at really good pottery. I very much appreciate your effort and especially love the closeups as they help me learn.
    Take Care,
    A Davis

  2. Jeanne Says:

    Joe I love you work. I always have. I love seeing how you put things together. Thanks for the pics.

  3. Joe Crawford Says:

    These look wonderful Joe. Excellent shapes.

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  5. Nathan Williams Says:

    Impressive. I’ve been trying for years to get somthing like that and, well I will just have to keep trying. what clay do you throw with ?

  6. ashley Says:

    so glad i found you.
    it has lead to many many things….
    like meeting sami jackson and your sweet zina
    i featured our meeting on my blog, hope to keep in touch!

  7. Joe Says:

    Nathan,
    THe body I throw is a commercial one that has been modified for my needs. It is Laguna’s “Wood Saggar” body with 10% of fine sand and 10% of fine grog added.
    JTP

  8. ROBERT Says:

    HEY JOE! WHAT DO YOU USE TO FIRE THE LARGE POTS?

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