Ceramics: Adding a Zentangle to the bowl.

Underglaze!

Well, I added under-glaze to my leather-hard bowl. I decided I would carve it with zentangle patterns. I should have planned this out more but it was my first bowl and first carving on a curved surface. I think it turned out ok.

A long way to carve

 

Zentangle designs

 

Designs around the edges

 

More designs

 

 I really love the idea of carving to expose the clay. Now that the bowl successfully made it out of the kiln for the last time, I can love it.
Finished Bowl! 😀

 

Ceramics Wheel Throwing and Hand Building

I totally felt like a major n00b today. This was week three of the ceramics continuing education course at DigiPen. I missed week two and forgot almost everything I learned during week one! Luckily, Ken Turner, is super nice and patiently answered all of my questions.

First – I am excited for the time when I find wheel throwing relaxing. It has the potential for it but I’ve found this early learning process stressful. I think  the process has been extra hard for me because I’m a lefty.  Upon the advice of my awesome instructor, I am learning how to do it the way everyone learns – but I’m not used to putting tools in my right hand so it all feels awkward and backwards.  That complaint said – practice will build muscle memory and it will be fine.

On to the pictures, first my two little pinch pots. I decided not to do too much with them. I’ll just be using them for glaze tests.

The first week of class, I  threw two bowls one of the two was hard enough to trim. I really like the bowl I trimmed today. I plan on putting down some under glaze next week. I will either be zentangling it or carving some other pattern.

Then, that final picture of the little circle slab…that slab will turn into my ambitious project – a sculpture. Over the next few weeks I’ll also be making some Christmas ornaments for gifts – and the sky is the limit. More later.