|Ball of Clay - 6lbs|
|Me throwing a large bowl|
The three items I "threw" (pottery talk for making something on the wheel) in my first class are the only items that have gone through the whole process so far. The first week I made two bowls and a vase which were created from little balls of clay, about 3 to 4 lbs each.
|Lifting the clay to add size and shape|
|From a ball of clay to a bowl|
After this process is complete and the item is shaped to satisfaction, it is bisque fired. I can't tell you any more about that because I am not involved in that part.
The next step is to glaze the item. This gives it color. One odd thing about the glaze is that when you put it on, there is no hint whatsoever as to the color it will actually be after it is fired, which is the final step. The glaze is chalky in texture and the color has a muted dull look which feels and looks nothing like the finished product. The vase below on the left is glazed but you don't see the true color until after its fired (see picture below on the right). You can see what I mean, they look nothing alike.
|Glazed but not yet fired|