Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Contest for Potters

by Eleanor Hendriks

I'm not really the blog giveaway type of girl, but I have an idea that I thought might be fun...

To the potter who can figure out how I glaze these Yarn Bowls I will send a piece of pottery handmade by me.


I'm thinking one of my Sweetheart Mugs might be a nice prize...

This is how they look when the Yarn Bowls look when they are finished:




So, here are the parameters:
I don't brush any of the glazes on. I hate brushing and these glazes don't turn out well if they are brushed.
I don't use wax. I always goof when I use wax and end up refiring things to get rid of stray wax.
The cream glaze on the outside must be dipped to get the effect I like.

So the question is, how do I get one colour on the inside, a different colour on the outside and a third colour on the rim without having the notch and hole allow glaze to get to places it shouldn't be? I'll do a gimme on the colour in the stamped impressions -I brush on underglaze and wipe it off to leave colour only in the impressions. The rest is up to you to puzzle out...

If you figure out how I do it, I'll send you a mug.

Even better, if you figure out a way that works better than what I am presently doing and gets the same results, I'll come up with a bigger pottery prize!

Post your solutions in the comments...

15 comments:

Gina said...

Gorgeous yarn bowls!

Do you spray on your glazes? I'd probably spray the outside with cardboard inside protecting the cut-out areas. Then spray the inside dark colour with cardboard inside to protect the cut-out areas and finally dip the rim. If you want to dip the light outside glaze could you fill in the cut-out with some clay so you can dip it. Then wipe the glaze off the bottom.

I look forward to learning how you really do it!

JNpottery said...

I'll take a stab at this...what I'd is mask the cut-out with tape before dipping in the cream glaze.
Then when it's dry, put some soft putty into the cut-out and remove the masking tape. Now, either spray the inside or pour in glaze, swirl around and pour out. Now dip the rim in the third color. Remove putty and dab cream glaze onto any spots that are thin or bare.

I love the yarn bowl, btw!

StudioÉLAN said...

Gina has a good question -I don't have spraying equipment but I sure wish I did!

KVHceramics said...

I think pour the inside first and wipe extra way. dip the cream bottom down and at an angle so there isn't run off to the inside, might need to be dipped twice because of the angle, wait to dry, sponge off the bottom of the bowl and then last dip the lip.

that is probably not it, but that is what I would try.

either that or a balloon to fill the inside while you dip the outside :)

Brian said...

Hmmm... I think I'd use a strip of foam rubber on the spiral, and a small plug on the hole, then pour the inside, dip the outside cream, then dip the rim.

Earth N Elements Pottery said...
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Earth N Elements Pottery said...

Hot Glue in cutouts, pour inside, dip outside, dip rim. Ta Da!

Hurricane Pottery said...

Hi, I'm not good at glazing holey pots, so I would have had my husband spray it, inside and out. then I'd dip the rim. However, since you didn't spray... I'd agree with Judy that you poured the inside with the cut areas plugged, dipped the outside, and then removed the plugs. I would imagine that the plugs were more on the inside so that the cream glaze was continuous into the cut areas (since patching would show with a sensitive glaze). Patch the inside with the blue, then dip the rim.

Oh, this was a fun! Can't wait to read how you really did it, because they turn out beautifully!

May Luk Ceramics said...

My guess for the blockage device is a balloon. Paint the inside and the top of the outside bowl with glaze A. Balloon and dip the outside with glaze B. tadaah'

May

foxpots said...

My guess is you first dip the whole bowl in cream. Then plug the hole & slot with something soft - plastic, cotton, gum:-) etc. Then dip the top portion in the colored glaze and pull it up sharply so that the vacuum causes the glaze to splash up inside the bowl.

Judith Frederick said...

I too was thinking the balloon idea. The only issue I did not resolve is which color gets in the cut out line and how to control the bleeding of colors. Yours looks like there is no hint of the darker color visible on the outside looking in on the slot. If you fill the slot with something for dipping both colors, you will still have to go back and glaze the surface of the slot cut.

Colin said...

I would dip the pot almost up to the rim (which I would be holding) in a relatively thin liner glaze. Then I would dip quickly in the cream glaze, up to the rim. Thirdly I would dip the pot upside down to cover the rim with the darker glaze. I wouldn't worry if some cream glaze gets to the inside, it would melt into the liner glaze and be almost invisible when the pot is fired

Linda Starr said...

I'd pour the inside, then I'd dip the outside and then I'd turn the pot over and dip just the top of the pot to where i wanted and use a soft thin pipe cleaner or toile to clean out the hole and swirly parts.

sculptrix said...

Hows about glazing the inside by pouring. Wipe away all the dribbles off the outside, fire it then dip for coverage on the outside. The already fired glaze acts as a semi 'resist'and stray glaze can be wiped off it easily where it should not be. Dip the rim and re fire the pot. Similar technique works for me!

StudioÉLAN said...

I've got answers for you in the next blog post...

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