Large Shino Articulated Bowl
Dimensions: 6"h x 11" w
This basket is thrown on a
potter's wheel in 3 sections and then assembled and handles added..
I chose a stoneware paper
clay. The paper fiber content in the clay acts as a wonderful glue
for assembling all the pieces.
The bottom of the bowl is
thrown and allowed a day or so to set up quite firm. The rim of that
piece is measured.
The wall of the bowl is
thrown upside down on a disc (called a batt) that can be removed from the
wheel. That top is measured so it will fit onto the bottom that has
been firmed up. It is removed from the wheel and the bottom of the
bowl is returned to the wheel. The wall portion is then attached to
the bottom and separated from the batt. The top of the wall is then
thrown to create a strong rim and then textured.
A foot ring is thrown and
attached to the very bottom of the piece once it has been trimmed of
excess clay. Once attached, the foot ring is also textured.
Small decorative handles
are then attached opposite each other at the rim of the bowl.
The pot is left to dry
completely and then it is bisque fired. This firing leaves the piece
durable enough to handle and porous enough to accept a glaze. The
paper fibers are burned away.
Orange shino glaze was
applied by pouring it into the pot and then pouring it out. Then the
pot was dipped into the same glaze to cover the outside.
The piece is then fired to
2400 degrees F in a propane-fired kiln. The firing removes oxygen
from the minerals in the clay and glaze, resulting in the rich colors that
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