Steve Murphy taught a new, complicated technique for building a very cool vase. It is three parts thrown on the wheel that form a vase with an inner core for holding flowers and an outer body that can be carved for decoration. I threw two bowl forms--one for the top of the vase, one for the base. Those got fused together to become a large vase. Next, I lowered a column form down into the vase. Attached it carefully to the bottom and turned it at the top to adhere and form the collar of the vase. Finally, I carved out the outer body with fish and dragonfly shapes:
This was my first attempt at this project, which did not dry slowly enough:
It ended up like this:
Keeping my fingers crossed for the dragonflies!! It should get bisque fired in the next couple of weeks. I will post it again then...