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Making a Square 1A tall narrow cylinder is thrown.
Making a Square 2The form is carefully shaped with a rib tool, and all excess slip is removed.
Making a Square 3Pushing out slightly, I pull my finger up the inside of the form to give the suggestion of 4 corners.
Making a Square 4Using a piece of wood, I glide it along one side of the corner from bottom to top. This will start to sharpen that corner. The process requires a light touch as the clay is still wet at this point.
Making a Square 5I repeat the last step for both sides of each corner, and then do one more circuit of glides with a lighter touch. At this point I let the piece dry to leather hard.
Making a Square 6After the piece is leather hard, I do a third and final circuit of glides up the corners to refine them. I then refine the rim using the wood to help straighten the sides. After handles are added, the rim is cleaned up and the foot is trimmed by hand.
Making a Square 7The final result.
Starting to GlazeWhen glazing a production run, I arrange the pieces in groups according to which glaze will be applied. All of the pieces to be glazed in Patina in one area, Turquoise in another and so on.
Multi glaze step 1When using multiple glazes on a single piece, I always put the middle color on first. Once that is waxed, I can apply the top glaze from the top and the bottom from the bottom. This makes it so I only have to wax once.
Multi glaze step 2In this step, I am applying a "mixer" glaze. This glaze will have another glaze applied directly over it. Where the two glazes make contact, it will change the color to a third color. It is not like mixing paints, though. Blue and yellow won't necessarily make green.
Applying Wax resistApplying wax resist to an area where I don't want glaze, and an area I have already glazed.
Glaze around waxOther examples of using wax resist to repel glaze from an area.
Scraping glazeOn sculpted areas where I want a little color, but do not want to lose details, I scrape or rub most of the glaze off after it has been applied. This leaves just enough glaze to change the color of the area.
Ready for waxGlaze has been applied and mostly removed from the figure. It is now ready for a coat of wax resist.
Ready for glazeThe first coat of glaze has been applied and then mostly rubbed off of the body area. Wax resist was applied and allowed to dry thoroughly. It is now ready for the final coat of glaze.
Freshly GlazedThese two studio pots have just received a coat of glaze after they have had wax resist applied to areas where I don't want glaze to stick.