Throwing bottles inspired by Simon Leach

in art •  last year

bottles 

) [bottles]


After watching Simon Leach's  post on making ceramic bottles I decided to give it a try. The first attempt did not quite succeed, I had to cut it short twice.  The second, third and fourth went ok. 

And then I made several mistakes. The weather was warm and sunny, it made me lazy and the clay dried faster than I anticipated, so I was too late to 'paddle' them like Simon shows here.

() [trim]

Well, round bottles are nice too. But because they are quite heavy I try to trim them. Second mistake. I used nice old soft reclaimed clay for this project. I kept the clay in an old tea towel. So my trimming tools kept hitting small pieces of fabric. They will burn out, but trimming is not a good idea.

 I sit them upside down in a master piece I made one day and trim the bottom. Unfortunately I did not lift the bottle out high enough before moving it toward me and I crushed the neck.  Voilà a very short bottle was born.

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Of course I will keep practicing and the next batch will be lighter and taller and square. Perhaps..



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Hey well done ! yes you need to hold them back from drying too much if the weather is warm or dry. Just a piece of plastic to cover will do. Then you can paddle/alter them. Keep practicing !