Tall Shino Basket
Dimensions: 12"h x 8" w
This basket is a
combination of thrown and hand-built construction.
I chose a stoneware paper
clay. The paper fiber content in the clay acts as a wonderful glue
for assembling all the pieces.
The walls of the basket are
thrown on a potter's wheel without a bottom. It is textured, cut in
half and each half is opened out. It is reassembled in an oval shape
and placed on a clay slab that becomes its base.
There are 4 hand-built clay
feet that are attached to the base. The handle is made up of two
pieces of clay that have been "tossed" (stretched), attached to each
other, textured and then attached to the basket. Reinforcement lugs
are attached and textured where the handle and the basket come together.
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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