Posts Tagged ‘Throwing big pots’

Rick’s photos

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Rick Gate has a new leica. He brought it by recently and shot a bunch of files of me making pots. I’ll share a few here.
Joe the Potter happy at his kraft. Warming up here for the pottery olympics to be held in Tibet later this year.
Local boy makes good with big balls of mud.
The following series detail the making of a tall 10 lb cylinder from tow 5 lb cylinders.
The phone rings a lot at my shop.
Lining up the cylinders with breath tightly held in check.
Carefully joining the two parts.
Cutting the upper half away from the bat with a fettling knife.
After the bat is removed extra clay can be trimmed away. If you hold your mouth just right this will work at home kids.
A couple of pulls will make the joining of the two halves work better visually.
The joint is now the weakest part of the pot so I pull out the “cheater” to stiffen it up and the #&*$! phone rings again.
Be careful Daddy be careful!
A row of finished pots.

More large pots

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

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.
These oval dishes are 16″ wide.
I tried a few of them with lids.
I made two of these bowls. They are 16″ in diameter.
14′ tubular vases
These vases are between 22 and 24 inches tall.
Here are some of them finished.
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.
The top part is thrown from 10 lbs of clay.
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.
The second bowl form is inverted and carefully placed on the first like this.
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.
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.
After the vase has set up over night I usually attach some handles of something like that.