1. Espresso Mugs
So far I think these are the best things I have ever made! The handles are comfortable to use and I love the twisted design of them. Also the glaze came out beautifully. I like the way the creamy white and the dark brown colour combo looks a little bit seventies. They are not exactly the same but I think that gives them character and hopefully that skill will come with time!
2. Gravy jug
The glaze on this one came out brilliantly. The pictures don’t really do it justice. I glazed the outside white and the inside of the jug ‘surprise blue’. After firing, the colour inside became a very deep blue with a marbled effect. It’s really beautiful. I like the remnants of the blue glaze around the spout as well. Definitely the most successful glaze of the term.
3. Flower Pot
I had a few problems applying the glaze to this one. I was also running out of time towards the end of the class. In my haste I ended up washing the pot under the tap to remove the original glaze that I had applied way too thickly. When re-applying the glaze the pot was still damp so the glaze didn’t stick as well as usual. I probably committed a cardinal sin of glazing, however, it has given it a really suitable thin shabby glaze which suits its ‘potting shed’ vibe!
4. Small Penguin Pot
This one didn’t turn out so well. The shape of the pot was irregular anyway as I had tried to make it rectangular and the glaze was too thick and dark for the pot. This makes it hard to tell that the sprig is a penguin!
5. Space Pot
This was an interesting shaped pot from the beginning. I glazed it in the normal blue glaze with a brown stripe at the base. It looks a bit like a blue mushroom.
6. A selection of egg cups
I found it very difficult to make such little objects look the same. I think one of these may have even been an Espresso Cup reject. Anyway, that’s why they all look totally different! When I got home I tested the size of them with a real egg and the first blue one without ridges was the best fit.
7. Straight sided bowl
I quite like the shape of this pot and the green glaze has come up much better than on the small penguin pot. The white inside adds interest and overlaps with the green. It looks like a bowl for noodles.
8. John’s Mug
I promised to make my friend John a mug and this is what he got! The shape was good and I was pleased with the ridges I deliberately decorated on the surface. I’m afraid the glaze let this one down a little bit. I applied it too thickly and not particularly evenly so the effect is a bit sloppy. It’s a sturdy looking mug though and I like the handle.
9. Seaside Pot
This started life looking like a on old rum bottle that needed a cork. Now, with the edition of a shell sprig, it looks more like a seaside pot. The ‘mystery blue’ came out very nicely and you can still see the shell sprig clearly through the glaze.
10. Rounded Bowl
I was thrilled with this bowl because I threw it without any turning. If I was to be super critical it is a little heavy and unfortunately the clay bubbled slightly during the firing on the inside and the underneath of the pot. You can’t see that from the outside though and I love the shape too much for it to matter.
11. Arty Egg Cup
This one was an egg cup that went completely wrong but there was something about it I liked and I couldn’t throw away. After glazing it I like it even more, although it isn’t actually a functioning pot!
This shell was from a beach in Cornwall. It was useful for making sprigs but this one is too large to attach to any of my diminutive pots. I decided to glaze it as an experiment and it has turned out beautifully! If only I had added a hole when the clay was still soft so that it could be hung up on a wall.