Making something round from a slab of clay is not easy. Some wheel thrown items look so good they could be mass produced in a factory. I love the honesty of handbuilding, thier are clues to how it's made In the marks left In the finished piece.
How I'm made - cups
- Roll out a slab of clay in every direction possible, clay has a memory so if you don't it will pull out of shape as it dries.
- Cut out shapes from templates.
- Wait until clay has some stiffness so it can be handled, add surface decoration. Score and add wet clay to edges to be joined, carefully assemble without damaging decoration.
- When clay is leather hard add a footring and tidy up any messy bits.
- Leave to dry out, this could be an hour in the summer or two weeks in the winter as I don't have a drying room.
- In the kiln to totally remove all water.
- Sand and rough surfaces
- Sponge off all dust
- Paint on three coats of glaze.
- In the kiln again, hotter this time to fuse the glaze to the clay. Chemical changes make a different material, it's now solid dense stoneware.
- Finished and ready to post to you.