Monday, 28 June 2010


2 slab built and 1 thrown bottles with thrown spouts: this is all I could do last weekend.. I applied red iron oxide on one of them which looks a bit messy at the moment.
I started this project mainly because I want to streghten my skills on surface design.. I thought making dozens of bottles with different surfaces would help.. but I realized that it is again turning into something about form... I found myself searching for different forms and challenging myself on construction methods!

I need to refocus, get back to do some more research and start sketching...

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

keep on working

It is not easy being a weekend ceramist.. there is always a lot to do in two days.. Last weekend, I had a long list: Do some shopping, tidy up the house, meet with friends, do some more shopping for father's day, visit family and keep working on bottles project!
Besides, the weather was incredibly hot and my studio was like "hamam"..
Nevertheless, even under these hard conditions, I worked till 10:30 pm on sunday night and finished these 6 bottles!!
Their spouts are thrown and bodies are slab built.. slabs have been textured first, then the bottles are constructed with these heavily textured slabs when they were pretty wet...

Monday, 14 June 2010

100 bottles project

this time, I have thrown different spouts and bodies without measuring or even thinking about how they will look like when finished...
then, like a puzzle, I brought them together and made these ones..
they are smaller than the first two bottles.. around 15-20 cm height.. and right after I finished them, I realized that they look gorgeous when they are all together.. so, wouldn't be great if they were, for instance, 100 in total? ..each one is different than the other in some way?
I am still not certain if I could make it (since I am only potter/ceramic artist on weekends and it could take ages) or if it is a good idea (could be not as interesting as it sounds), but I will give it a try..
From now on, this is "100 bottles project".. if I could cope with..

Monday, 7 June 2010

work in progress - thrown & altered #2

I started to work on another thrown & altered project this weekend..
This time, I threw 3 different part seperately and assembled when they are in leather hard stage.. I should admit that I find all these experiments quite entertaining...there is no tension or worry, since I am not after a finished piece.. I accept whatever the outcome..

I applied yellow and black slips which is coloured with stains..
Here is my second test piece...

is it getting better or worse?

work in progress - thrown & altered #1 - slips and oxides are applied

I applied red iron oxide and yellow slip coloured with stain.
this bottle has been formed and decorated when it was pretty wet.. not even leather hard..