Playing with Clay

Last year I blogged about trying wheel pottery for the first time in a class I was taking at the Lillstreet Arts Center in Chicago. It was very eye-opening to be a beginner at something again! I’ve got a small collection of ugly vessels around my apartment now, which have proved to be great for yogurt and also cat food (for the cats, not for me.)

wheelbowls

I’ve since moved on the handbuilding, which is definitely more my speed. After a day of typing and knitting, it feels so nice to get my hands into some clay and just push things around! I attempted a few slab cups and coil bowls early on, but I guess you can’t keep me from making creatures for too long, because when I started giving things eyes the ideas came much more quickly.

claycreatures1

claycreatures2

This time I’m working with porcelain, not because I’m hoping to create anything fine, but because I figured it gave me the most options for surfaces, like starting with a blank canvas. But I still haven’t figured out what I like in terms of surfaces, so that’s why none of these guys are finished yet.

claycreatures3

I’m thinking these last guys could be nice all in white, and then making some out of different colors of clay to add to the mix could be neat too…

So I’m still really trying to figure out what I’m doing, but sometimes that’s a good feeling. If I ever get around to finishing something, I’ll share it here.

So that’s what I’m getting up to lately when I’m not knitting!

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4 thoughts on “Playing with Clay

  1. The feet on the last set remind me of walking/running ware. Perhaps leave the bodies white with different colored feet. I love all the expressions

  2. Those are adorable! I’m taking a ceramics class in school right now and my #1 goal is to make a yarn bowl. I haven’t decided how to decorate it yet. Hmmm…. maybe Mochimochi themed?

  3. Speaking of yarn bowls….u can cut an opening in the top back of these guys and have the yarn come out of their mouths! They might b thinking ‘Munchi-munchi…yum yum’!

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