throwing little lumps of clay
Even though I have several more sculptural pieces I need to finish I also need to make some jars for the Holiday Market at Pence. I usually throw very simple shapes that need no foot trimming. I do not cut off either. I use masonite type batts which allows some wicking and movement. To avoid S-cracks, I make sure I compress the inside bottom. I check on the jars as they dry. When the lip of the jar is dry to the touch I flip them over (batt still attached) to dry some more. Appendages are added at this point---before I flip the jar. Cover loosely with plastic and wait until the jar pops off. It is still leatherhard so I can add engobe or terra sigillata or slip with no problem. While the jars are drying, I throw the lids. I center about 5 lbs of clay. From this I make about 5-6 lids. The last bit becomes a bowl. The lids are trimmed with its intended jar. It is a marriage made in clay heaven. I love little jars or containers or little vases. Little vases can hold pens that write poetry or pencils that sketch a landscape. And the jars, these little intimate containers, are meant to hold surprises. They do hold surprises. Just think they started off as little lumps of clay.