Pottery Productivity

I finally had a chance to get into the studio last night. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn’t thrown anything since the fall AND I was throwing with terra cotta, for the first time. I wedged three lumps of clay, each about 4 to 5 pounds. The first two pots I threw were complete junk. I scrapped the pots, let them dry out a bit and re-wedged them, ready for round two. I threw the third pot more wet than usual and it popped right up! The next two pots also went up fairly smoothly. After 3.5 hours in the studio, I was happy with how my pots had turned out. They are the three largest pieces that I have ever thrown! Now they sit under plastic and I will trim them on Sunday or Monday. Then, the fun starts again as I figure out what kind of designs I will create on their surfaces. I have a few designs in mind, I think I’ll let them simmer over the next couple of days. Enjoy your weekend!


My next pottery class starts this evening at the Duluth Art Institute, The pictures above are some of my previous pieces—some make great planters! Alas, the last plant pictured, my curly plant died this fall. Probably due to my lack of watering abilities. That’s why I stick to succulents. They like desert life, thrive well on my hot radiator and don’t mind if I don’t water them regularly. Anyway, back to the subject of this post: pottery! This class will focus on sticking to one form and two glazes for the entire class. We are also only doing electric firings, as there are only 5 of us in the class—too small of a class to do a larger gas firing. I better choose my two glazes wisely!