About bowls.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in Art making

The entire foray into pottery making is a big experiment for me. Challenging. Good to learn new things. Plus I’m interested in the ways it will affect (and has affected) my sculptural work.

With every opening of the kiln I learn something new. And get a little disappointed too. Here were results of the last firing with bowls. They are 7-8 inches in diameter. Fired in the same kiln load.

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Inside of bowl #1

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Side view bowl #1. The glaze ran on the inside of the bowl obscuring some of the rabbit’s hind leg. I think it works ok. I don’t mind the running especially in this one where I think it works okay. You’ll see others, below, where it didn’t work at all. I think I’m over firing the glaze? Or have a studio problem (i.e. I didn’t mix the glaze well in the bucket)? Sometimes it runs, sometimes it doesn’t. The drawing is from an etching I did in 2002.

The Hitchhiker Sarah Regan Snavely etching

Next bowl:

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Inside of bowl #2. Here’s were the running glaze didn’t work….

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Bottom of bowl #2.

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Side view bowl #2

And the next one:

Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Bowl #3 – inside.

Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Semi-side view bowl #3. I like the way the glaze pooled on this one.

Now bowl #4:

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Back to the drawing inspired by the earlier etching. Not loving this blur…

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Side of bowl #4. Maybe the drawings on the insides of the bowls should be simpler a la bowl #3?

Okay last one. Bowl #5.

Inside of bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Inside bowl #5

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Side view #5

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Another side view #5

Rabbit and Greyhound bowl Sarah Regan Snavely

Bottom #5.

So what do you think? Ceramics is challenging. I’m testing out a few new clear glazes in the next firing… Thoughts welcome.

3 Comments

  1. Louise Gagné
    January 5, 2015

    Yours bowls are lovely and the animal figures are
    so graceful.

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  2. Robin Willoughby
    January 5, 2015

    i know clear will react with some underglazes….
    if you are using commercial underglazes….perhaps you should try their clear glaze.
    OR you might just have to avoid some of the colors….
    Glaze tests are in line……
    Or…you just may have had too heavy a hand with the glaze in the bowl.
    JMO…..free as usual! 😉

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  3. Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny
    January 5, 2015

    That’s the beauty of an experiment. You don’t know exactly what you’ll get. And sometimes the oopses are fortuitous and sometimes not so much. You are most definitely on the right track and I think some of those oopses are great. I’d buy them. Unfortunately I have no knowledge of ceramics and cannot offer you any real advice other than to say KEEP GOING!

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