Making Seedpods                   Click on image to view captions.

at the potters wheel today

it all starts with a lump of clay


isolating a portion of clay

using just the top part of the hump

throw a small cup shape

cut off the cup, leave the rest

start again making another cup

playing with shape

altering the shape

by pushing out from the inside

using a wood tool to add lobes

accentuate the shape

push out using a finger for dots

ready for a variety of tops

variety of sizes and shapes

start with another lump of clay

roll out to an even thickness

roll over a textured fired clay slab

the clay takes the reverse pattern

make some patterned, some plain

using tin cans for cutters

air inside helps pop out the clay

drape over convex bisque forms

some dotty tops attached

closed form, air inside

make a hole in the base

large enough to fit a dowel

the dowel fits snugly

and will stay there on its own

with wet hand, squeeze the base

pull to elongate

keep hand wet

shape with thumb pressure

gradually elongate

shape grooves

sponge to clean up marks

the dowel can come out now

dry, glaze and fire


seed pod with lacy top

Cindy Gibson, ceramic seedpod, porcelain, garden art seed-pod

seed pod with runny dots

Cindy Gibson, seedpod, ceramic seedpod, porcelain seed-pod, garden art seed pod

seedpod, indigo carved, dot top

Cindy Gibson, seedpod, indigo slip sgraffito, blue and white, ceramic seedpod, porcelain seed-pod, ceramic garden art

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make some patterned, some plain