Let the Beauty of what you Love be what you Do...
~Rumi

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday is Clay Day- Part 1

So, it's decided then! Starting today & every Wednesday... it is officially my "Clay Day..."
for the next six weeks anyhow. No laundry, no errands, no house cleaning... just me & the clay. Yeah, sure... I would love to do it full time, but it's not an option presently... so I'll do the best with what I've got :). I finally got to dig in & make my first ever Micaceous Pot today! It's not finished, but I wanted to show it anyhow, because for me this is pretty exciting stuff!


I've actually never made a coiled pot before, so it was a little challenging for me. It took about 5 hours to get to this point!


It will still need to be scraped, sanded, slip applied & stone-burnished before it's ready for firing, so lots of work to go, but I'm off to a good start.


Me & my pot... just to show scale, as it looked so small in the pics above, and it's actually quite a large pot! If it makes it through all the steps above, it'll be a functional cooking pot... now is that cool or what?
:)

18 comments:

Wanda..... said...

Becky, it's beautiful, the handles are so perfectly done. You are right it appeared much smaller. Beautiful pot...created by a beautiful person...inside and out!

Barb said...

Hi Becky - I'm glad you included that last photo - I thought the pot was small! What a good job - it looks so even and sculpted. It is a functional work of art - good luck as you continue to work on it. I'm glad you've set aside some time for your art.

Doris Sturm said...

Becky, I'm impressed! That's a substantial pot - although it would look significantly smaller compared to me :-) You are very pretty!

I like that expression "Clay Day" - I remember when my daughter had a pottery wheel, but she was small and it that phase didn't last very long.

Can't wait to see your completed product! It looks very promising so far!

Kind Regards,
Doris and Gizzy

Gail said...

I have always wanted to work in clay but beyond play dough, modeling clay and the native clay here, I have not done it...yet.

Your pot is beautiful!

Randy said...

I can tell where your taking your class by those shelves. I've taken classes there before but I never made anything as beautiful as this pot. Micaceous pots make the best beans. I can't wait to see your future work.

Kate said...

What is really, really cool, Becky, is your enthusiasm, and I can also add your patience and talent. The pot already is quite beautiful. It's almost as lovely as the artist who is creating it! Thanks for the bottom photo. When you get started, I'd love to be first in line to buy one of your creations!!

Annie said...

Becky! You did this in 5 hours! We need to have a clay day as that would take me 5 days! I need to know your secret. It is a beautiful pot and you are beautiful too. xoxo

Linda said...

This is rather lovely. What a great feeling to make your own cooking utensils.

JM said...

That's very nice, Becky! I always wanted to try playing with clay... it's one of the things I have to do before I die! :-)

clairz said...

I took a pottery class from a Japanese artist, many years ago. He told us that when he learned to make pots in Japan, every pot they made was cut in half for analysis! We were very impressed, as we struggled along, to think that several hundred of his first efforts were destroyed as part of the learning process.

We used to joke that the shape of our pots mirrored our physical selves. Mine were always short and squat! I see from your beautiful self in the photo that you won't have that problem...

This is a lovely pot. I can't wait to see it after it is fired. Just think, you are working with the clay in the same way they do in the pueblos.

Robin said...

Becky, your pot is fantastic! You have deft hands....it looks totally professional - and it's not been glazed yet. Beautiful work! You are one talented lady - not only with photography - but also pottery!

Hugs,

♥ Robin ♥

DirtKicker Pottery said...

That is a beautiful coil pot! The shape and handles go perfectly together. I so appreciate handbuilt pieces.
Totally cute picture of you. You look like you're having a great day.
Cindy

Pat said...

That's a great pot! It would be the ideal size for the "FG" chili. "FG" meaning "F**KING GOOD", of course! LOL!

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

What a wonderful job you've done on that pot! It looks very professional! I used to love to throw pots--once I got them centered anyway. That was always the hardest part for me. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Angela Recada said...

You, and your pot, are beautiful!

Dee said...

What fun..I would love to take a pottery class one day. I really like the size of the pot. Lot's of great decorating potential.

Lisa said...

Your creations are very beautiful.
So much work and love put into them. Very Nice.

Rick said...

I'm working through your blog backwards (new to older) - sort of like unraveling the work you're doing on the pot. That's a great looking - and large ! - pot. Filled with a stew or soup or whatever, it's going to feed a lot of people ! Nice work.