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Oct 19

Ill-Fated Mixing Bowl

I wanted to make a set of three mixing bowls for my brother and his wife, as a belated wedding gift.  I decided to use a technique involving a large wooden paddle that fellow student Michael Voda made.  If it works, you can smoothly throw a large bowl with graceful sides. Unfortunately, you have to …

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Oct 17

Green Diagonal Hatching bowl

This diagonal hatching is a pattern I’ve used frequently. I have a repertoire of patterns that work well on curved surfaces that I’ve built up after many years of decorating thrown pottery.  I draw a grid in pencil, and then paint on the diagonal within the grid squares.

Oct 14

Green Flower Bowl

This is the first of eight bowls I made, sort of a set.  The clay body is soldate 60, and is rougher than I like for everyday ware. The green color comes from slip, which I etched away to make the flower design.

Oct 11

Green Fishscale Bowl

This design is a traditional Japanese design. I started to use it while I was learning pottery in Japan, and it remains one of my favorites. The green color is slip, which I scratched away with a scgraffito tool.

Oct 08

Green Flower Grid Bowl

This design looks much better on paper or other flat surfaces than it does on a curved surface. I found it quite difficult to get the design as even as I like. It’s not one I’ve used before, though I’ve seen similar ones on Japanese textiles and paper.