Thursday, 7 May 2009

Making my own pots from scratch!


To think that you can actually make pots from clay!  It's amazing isn't it?!


On my recent work away day we spent the afternoon, after the business bit, with a potter.  Naturally I knew exactly what I wanted to make and of course it was linked to horticulture.  I love handmade pots.  I love simplicity and the rough nature of such items and of course mine was going to be rough!




After throwing the clay it was centred on the wheel and I began to turn the clay to form a little mound.


The glasses were a bit of a problem, constantly slipping down my nose, luckily I had a helper on hand to push them back up.


After making the small mound of clay it was time to start making the pot.  A small hole was made in the clay and this stopped around 1-2 centimetres from the base.


The nearly finished pot complete with me gurning like an idiot.  Apparently I do this when concentrating!


And here is the finished article complete with lip!  It was so rewarding making a pot by hand and now i've got the bug.  I want to make all my pots by hand, not to mention my plates, mugs, jugs, bowls, etc!

Well, maybe one day!


13 comments:

  1. I love it!!!!!!! What a wonderful idea! Can't wait too see it full of plants

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  2. Someday I am going to take a pottery class with my daughter. She would love it and I could end up with all my pots made by hand too! How cool that you got that opportunity.

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  3. I'm just praying that my pot and bowl survive the firing!! Thanks for the comments guys!

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  4. That is great! Hope you end up making everything you dream of!

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  5. I've spent time at Neil's wheel and have made some amaing pots with him- He has a gift of teaching too, such a non-judgemental and gifted person........

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  6. I love handmade pots. Your's looks really good. Can't wait to see the finished product in use.

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  7. Wow! Will you show us this pot in use, with a plant in it, please?!

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  8. That is very impressive! Can't wait to see what it looks like once finished.

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  9. Wow, that's amazingly professional-looking. At some point, please post photos of the fired product!

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  10. I am SO Jealous. JEALOUS! I want to do this!

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