Thursday, 7 July 2011

Linda Back- What I've been up to





Here is an update of what I’ve been up to since my last post.

May turned out to be a bit busy, as I conducted a slip-casting and mould-making workshop at Brisbane Institute of Art over 2 weekends, and an introductory hand-building workshop on the following Saturday.

However I did manage to find time make two plaster moulds of solid clay coil forms (see photos) which are part of my ongoing project. Making the mould of the spiral one was a real challenge, and I used up a lot of brain cells trying to get my head around it. The moulds should be dry enough to use next week and I can’t wait to see how they go.
I also have just made 20 small wheel-thrown jugs from a design I picked up on a visit to Japan last year. I liked the simplicity of the form, and my first attempts at reproducing it were successful, so I was encouraged to make more. These ones in the photo are currently firing in my gas kiln. If they survive and come out OK, I will be taking them to a small pottery festival Kari and Stephen Roberts are holding at their studio in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.

And lastly I have thrown for my Ikebana teacher friend, some shallow (‘moribana’) containers for her students. I have to dry them very slowly, placing them upside down on plastic as soon as the sides are stiff enough to take the weight. I don’t cut them off the bat, but wait until they are dry enough to lift off. This method seems to work in keeping the bases flat and reduces the risk of cracking.
So far, so good.

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