I have found a new creative happy place. I recently started to practice throwing larger and different types of forms on the potter's wheel at school. But, once I threw the piece, I didn't know what to do with it. What was I supposed to do with a ton of new vases. I mean, I could give them away, but still...stand alone they were a bit boring to me and just a way to practice throwing. I could have smushed them and recycled the clay, but that didn't seem right either.
Then it hit me...let me add to the piece. And thus spawned what I am calling "Thrown Pottery With a Twist" You can find my work on my IG account under such hashtags as #MissJayBarArtDoesCeramics and #ThrownPotteryWithATwist. I am addicted to it. I am so much in a creative happy place that when I found a wheel for sale on Craigslist, I hounded the seller and convinced my husband to let me buy it. It was a fabulous day when I became owner of this bad boy.
Now, I've always loved clay. But, I've been a sculptor of clay...not a thrower of clay. I do really enjoy throwing on the wheel--I find it very relaxing. And, lately, I've been practicing a lot and have gotten quite good...or at least I have throwing 3# pieces. It finally hit me one afternoon when admiring an egg shape form I threw that I should combine the two...sculpting and throwing. Thus, my new happy place was found.
It started with some octopus tentacles and has blossomed from there. When I throw, I don't have anything in mind. I don't plan my forms ahead of time...I do what ever my mood directs me to do at the moment. Once the piece is thrown, that's when the fun work begins. That's when I have to figure out what works for the shape I threw...what kind of addition does the piece lend itself to, what does the form beg to become. I really enjoy being on this time crunch to figure these things out too. They clay is only open to accepting additive pieces for so long.
I have been super happy with what I have been creating. Now, if only figuring out glazing made me as happy. ;)