Saturday, December 19, 2015

Big Project:

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:

The piece is drying very very very slowly to prevent cracking and crumbling. 

This was my first attempt at this project, which did not dry slowly enough:

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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...

 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wee Tea Set

Here is a fun project I've been working on.  They are so sweet.  They make me think of Ben and our neighbor in Silver Spring who would invite him over for tea parties when he was 3, 4, 5 years old.  She would teach him about Jewish holidays and how to say the blessing over the wine in Hebrew.  And he learned to put sugar scoops in his grape juice "tea"!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Look for these new pots at www.hammerpots.etsy.com


Swee wee tea pot

pitcher perfect for cold milk or warm maple syrup

wobble mug

golden beauty

Fun with time lapse photography!

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Making a bowl.  Actual time was about 10-15 minutes.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Getting the hang of blogging

You will notice redundancy on this blog.  Hopefully, that will change quickly as I experience the new technologies learning curve. I am trying out adding photos, gadgets, links and such to my blogging.





At the same time, my pottery learning curve (hehe!) has also improved... 

These are the forms I've been playing around with.  They are gourd vases inspired by a trip to Pucker Gallery and a pot my mom got in Korea.  These should be popping up on Etsy in the next few weeks.

I'm also playing around with Teapots:




This one is waiting to go into the first firing.  It will come out biscuit crisp and then I am planning a nice white glaze, maybe shino or spodumene, or perhaps shaner white....  Stay tuned!
  

New Work on Etsy

Check out my Etsy site where you will find some new work.  I've been making lots of UU Flaming Chalices in different colors:

Tenmoku:
Spodumene:
 Shino:



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hammerpots is back in business!

Argenziano Craft Fair December 12,  6:30-9:30 pm 

Union Square, Somerville, MA


https://www.facebook.com/events/593556597416546/598309463607926/?comment_id=598327686939437&notif_t=event_mall_comment


Here are some pots that will be there.  Hope you will be there, too!