Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Slow Progress

Here is the vase I started on last week:

I've still not finished coiling it yet, and I've not smoothed it out properly yet either. Yes, those are plastic carrier bags from the local supermarket that I have been wrapping my unfinished vase in - we do things in style in this house! The reason why this vase has been taking so long is partly because I keep having to leave it to stiffen a little after every few coils, and partly because I've not been feeling very well, so after a coil or too I'm ready to pack up anyway!

I'm not sure if I like this one - I'll let you know when it's finished! It seems too wide at the top... or too narrow at the bottom. It's taller than the last one but not actually as tall as I had intended, but I started to bring in the top because it was getting so wide.

With every vase I keep thinking how I can't wait to have my own wheel, but I know it will be really frustrating for a while until I learn how to throw well. I wonder to myself if throwing will be easier than coiling once I learn how, or will it just be "different"? I may have the opportunity to buy a wheel soon, although I'm not sure what it's like yet or how much it will be. I'm praying for a wheel! So I hope the wheel will be a design I feel comfortable with, at a price I can afford.

In other news
I have 10 weeks before classes start again and I'm thinking ahead already! I phoned my tutor today and he said my vases have been fired, so I will have pieces to glaze on the first night back!


JafaBrit's Art said...

It's so lovely to see how your art is progressing and the challenges you have set yourself. I love the bear, the plant pot and dish, and the tree fairy.

mimilove forever said...

I apolgise for my lack of commentary lately madam, very shoddy on mybehalf...but blimey you've been busy!
Them's my kinda vases madam...beautiful works!

Kathy L said...

I really love the size of this vase. I know just where I would put it :)


mona said...

O too like the size. Hard to tell exactly how big it is in the photo. So how big is it?

My word you've been busy. It seems like I've only been away briefly and look at all you been up to without the classes no less. I am very impressed. :)

Undaunted said...

Hello ladies! Sorry for not responding sooner - life has been busy! But thank you so much for your lovely comments.

Mimi, Mona - you say I have been busy, but I would like to have been busier! I'm due another few days "off" I think, to spend with my clay! :)

As for size... I still haven't finished building this one yet, so I'm not quite sure what size it will end up, then off course it will shrink some... at the moment it is nearly 12 inches high and 28 inches around the widest part. sigh. That's how wide my waist used to be!

Leanne Pizio said...

Beautiful Un D. I personally love the shape. I have always been attracted to a small base/large breast type of pot. Gorgeous.

Undaunted said...

Thank you Leanne! I'm glad you like it :)