WHEEL THROWING COLORED CLAY

Thrown-pots



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I am currently experimenting with a wide variety of ways to throw colored clay.I have found that I can place the color in the clay ball and get a lovely predictable result.

Look for an article on this process in Pottery Making Illustrated in early 2017.





Before I started my own experiments, I often asked throwers to try various techniques with colored clay at the wheel.

The images below are from a workshop at Tony Clennell's Pinecroft Centre for the Arts in Aylmer Ontario. Tony generously offered to throw some pots for us.

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This is an example of the type of colored clay Skinner Blend slabs we start with. You can slice them with or across all the colors. You can stack them in layers of all types using various thicknesses of clay. 

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Thick-&-thin

The variations from thin and thick stripes will show up in the final bowl.


This cup is the result of a simple slamming down of various colors on top of each other  ... starting with pink through to yellow.

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Next a technique Tony called "Hot Cross Buns" ...  thin and thick versions.

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Tony centered and opened up some white clay then added patterned pieces to the outside of the form in random places.


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The resulting bowl is pure white inside and patterned outside.




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Five test pieces






One of the workshop students threw some bowls on her own so I am not sure how she placed the colors but here are images of one of Unha's bowls. Yes, it is translucent.

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Mike Lalone at The John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC was also kind enough to throw some forms for me. We slam stacked the colored clay vertically and horizontally in as many ways as we could think of.

I carved into the surface when the clay was cheese hard.

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The vessel at the bottom of this image is white with colored clay appliques.

TO SEE EVEN MORE EXPERIMENTS WITH THROWING COLORED CLAY FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MY BLOG ON THE SUBJECT.

Images by Chris Campbell & Heidi McKenzie

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