I heard a bit of rumbling outside the other night and saw this little guy rummaging through my garbage. He made quite a mess, looking for something to munch on. Knocked over the compost bin as well. Nice to know, however, that there are these critters around. I just have to make sure I wash my plastic packaging out better before dumping them in the garbage can.
Ribbons of clay are left for recycling after trimming up a bunch of rope impressed bowls. Below is an example what they look like after a firing.
One of my favorite things to do is to impress clay with a short piece of rope. The technique is an old one — about 10,000 years – which the ancient Jomon culture of Japan used on their own pots. It seems like a natural enough thing to do, since "cords," which is a more accurate description, were an everyday necessity back then. These days we still use a lot of rope, especially in the fishing industry around were I live. I like to think that somehow I'm continuing this long tradition in my own work.
I have been experimenting with this new tea bowl form where I split the wall in half with a bow wire while the pot slowly turns on the wheel. By weaving my hand back-and-forth in a tight arc, a ripple effect emerges from where the wall is split. The small white area near the top is inlaid porcelain, which was meant to look like veins of quartz, but I didn't embed the porcelain deep enough, so most of it was lost. Next time I try this, I'll make sure the inlay goes deeper into the clay before splitting the wall.