One beautiful Thursday, I found an interesting place where you can try some handwork pottery! That’s how the story begins!
Let’s scan through some general info of pottery ^ – ^ :
“Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which will increase their strength,harden and set their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing.”
Before the “fight”, I spent so much time deciding what should I gonna make, and some images of my favorite things came:
Or some of my dad’s creations :
With a big hope that I can also creat some great things myself – my day in the pottery workshop started ^ – ^
Step 1: Prepare the clay
Make it round perfectly and put it on the center of the wheel-table. This step is super important, do it right or you won’t able to find the balance while spinning the wheel and shaping the clay body.
There are many kinds of wheel such as the electric wheel, classic kick wheel (spin with some “kicks” J,sounds too “manly” for me – I think ) , the one I used was classic hand-spining wheel !
Step 2: shape the clay
Use hands and fingers to shape your clay on the spinning wheel.At first I wanted to make a little vase with some dandelions. However,thinking (and hoping) is always much more easier than performing.
After abt 3 hours “fighting” (and game over abt 20 times), I said goodbye to the dream of the vase and started to make some cups instead!
I was not sure what my friend planned to make (might be a vase ,I guessed–based on his clay body’s shape).
However, it turned out to be a plate at last > v <
Note of the step:
-This is definitely not an easy game to play.
-Don’t be surprised if you want to make a gorgeous Eiffel tower then end up with a beautiful pyramid.
Step 3: dry your “baby” with a hair dryer
This step will take abt 15-30 minutes, feel the hardness, don’t over-dry it or you may hear something like: CRACK CRACK – Then congratulations , you may have to restart the game from step 1 .
Step 4: fix the shape
This step requires high skill of pottering, so all I could do was…watching (with my mouth opened like this —> : o ).
Step 5: Decorate it
“A clay body can be decorated before or after firing” – but somehow these 2 ways bring different effects. Some say it’s better to decorate the clay body before the firing,and I did that!
if your clay body is still soft (like mine) , so hold it dearly , take a deep breath, then…stop breathing, ok , we may start to paint now !
Step 6: the firing process
And plz say welcome to these new members of my family ^ – ^
^ – ^ Even though my very first “babies” are not very beautiful , I love them so well, love those memories (and pains – OM, 1 position – from 10:30AM to 4:30PM) they brought ! Will keep improving my skill , hope that I may share with you guys a nice VASE someday, wish me luck!