Ceramics: Two-Year Tea Set

Teaset glazed in nutmeg and slate.
I had no idea that a tea set project would take two years!

Wheel throwing a tea set was a challenging project for many reasons. Who knew that centering and opening a ball of clay that could fit in the palm of your hands would be so hard?! In my attempt to create tea cups, it looks weeks to get six, relatively similar sizes. Some were too thin and some were too lopsided–so many throw-aways!

Then there was the teapot itself. This proved so challenging that almost all of us students needed hands-on help from our instructor (Shout out to Beatrice!) She patiently taught us how to form a vessel and spout, a lid and, much harder than it looks, a handle.

After the tea cups and tea pot were made, what about a tray? My first attempt cracked in the kiln, and that’s where the project stalled. I didn’t want to glaze the pieces until I’d made them all so, discouraged, I put the them away. I waited and waited until I was ready to hand-build another tray. Two years later, this summer, I did.

The tea pot set saga is a metaphor for my writing, though working through the disappointments and successes of pottery feels completely different. In Ceramics, I’m more interested in the process than the product. When working on a manuscript, I enjoy the process, but have a specific goal in mind–to bring my characters and stories to life.

Whereas, the clay ignites my imagination…my imagination ignites the stories.

Hon, happy creating and imagining and working and persevering.

Mugging for the Camera

wheel thrown ceramic mugs
wheel thrown ceramic mugs

handles and mug bodies are a challenge!
handles and mug bodies are a challenge!

hand built vessels and wheel thrown mug
hand built vessels and wheel thrown mug

wheel thrown cache pot
wheel thrown cache pot

Wheel thrown mugs, a cache pot and hand built vessels are my latest ceramic creations. When using dark brown clay, I leave a portion of the clay unglazed. Throwing matching mug bodies is a challenge (for me, at least) so I create pairs by glazing two mugs the same way. Can you tell I love letter stamps?  The vessels were an experiment that I’ll try again although I have no idea what to use them for.  Any ideas, hon? My favorite of this group is the cache pot. Randy’s red over spearmint glaze on speckled clay creates a metallic, dark bronze color. Great combination!