The past month, I’ve been taking a summer ceramics class at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch. The class was Monday-Thursday for 4.5 hours each day. Needless to say, I created a lot of pottery using various techniques. New pottery = lots of pictures = new post. So here goes …
Technique 1 – Texture Using Napa Cabbage Leaves
Somehow in my pottery learnings, I neglected to use this common texture technique. So, I bought a small head of Napa cabbage and use the leaves to create several pieces. Some pieces were soda fired; others were reduction fired. In general, I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.
Technique 2 – Sgraffito
I actually posted results of this technique earlier but here are the photos again:
Technique 3 – Mocha Diffusion
Interesting technique using slip and then dropping a mixture of mason stain/water on the slip. These are semi-test pieces to see what the effect would be with different firing environments. Basically, the pictures make them look better and I have some other pieces to fire. Like using this technique and will probably do it again.
Technique 4 – Using Extruder to Create Pieces
I have an extruder that’s not used a lot. But, every so often, I’ll run some clay through it and then see what happens. This time, I used it to create a series of triangular shaped vases. There are 10 vases altogether but they can be grouped in various ways, making them very versatile.