The rather big one at the front is a failure that has been fired anyway to be a tester for glazes. It is not only far too big, but it has also sagged around the base so it looks a bit like a beer belly over a very tight belt. In short it looks weird. The rest I'm quite proud of, as most of them are actually round and you have no idea how difficult it is to keep them that way after they are off the wheel! I will be glazing some of them and decorating a few for the Japanese room.
Then came slip casting with the moulds for the tulip vase. These are the resulting pots on top of the moulds, they still need a lot of work before I can stack them. The biggest pot on the left is by far the best shape.
The photo below shows the way a mould is supposed to drain into the pot of slip clay. That just didn't happen and it was quite a job to get the slip drained.
|Doesn't look like much but there really is a square base pot in this mould!|
I will be casting another lot of pots using more diluted slip and enlarging the hole in the mould to make it drain better. The tops of the pots need bigger holes anyway to stack them properly. That will then give me a few versions to experiment with. Then again, I might totally change my mind and keep them all as separate pots, who knows?
Happy mini-time, Idske xx