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I Can Do It!! A Large Handbuilt Bowl!!

I Can Do It!! A Large Handbuilt Bowl!!

After taking Helen Charles Workshop last month (Click here to see that post), I decided it was time to try my hand at making one without her supervision!

I was so impressed with the large bowl that a complete pottery virgin made that I decided to see if I could make one too.

This was the drawing and measurements that I worked from.  As you can see, I have trouble following a map!

This was the drawing and measurements that I worked from. As you can see, I have trouble following a map!

I decided to extrude pieces rather than coil and flatten.  This speeded up the process.

I decided to extrude pieces rather than coil and flatten. This speeded up the process.

I tried using a smaller torch, but found that on a piece this large it is too small - not adequate at all.

I tried using a smaller torch, but found that on a piece this large it is too small – not adequate at all.

I used a raku torch and propane canister to dry the pot as I built.

I used a raku torch and propane canister to dry the pot as I built.

Here is the photographic record of my efforts.

 

Now what to do with this large bowl?  Popcorn, ice cream…planter…or object de art?

Pot big or go home!

And see what other potters are doing at Mud Colony.

Marian

Written by Marian Williams

11 Comments

  1. Brenda Smoak · July 25, 2013

    Awesome bowl!!!! Congrats!

  2. Julie sieving · July 25, 2013

    You really did a nice bowl! You said you used extruded coils?

  3. Lori Buff · July 25, 2013

    Ice cream bowl, totally an ice cream bowl.

  4. Brenda · July 26, 2013

    Wow Marian! That’s so impressive! Can I ask how many pounds of clay? Looking forward to the finished piece, I can see it sitting on a table with nothing at all in it and looking magnificent! (Though I did love the ice cream idea!) Congrats!

    • Marian Williams · July 26, 2013

      That was pretty much one whole bag of clay- minus a few bits and pieces! Thanks! Hope it fires up nice!

  5. Anna's Ceramics · July 28, 2013

    looking good! yep, extruded coils work a treat ;^)

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