I have this "thing" about a joint on my pieces that are not perfectly smooth. I have a very hard time when something is textured while first rolling it out that leaves the seam noticeable when made into a cylinder. My project today was a way of getting myself to let go a little and not to focus too much on what I see as an imperfection.
I was out late tonight and wanted to make a simple and quick project and had planned on making a coffee mug. Well as we all know, I don't always get things right and my piece changes in concept. I have a real problem looking at something flat and "seeing" how it will look when round. I rolled out a piece of clay and textured it. When I went to put it on the bottom I had made previously, I discovered it simply was too small. So instead of a coffee mug, I decided to make a cute little drinking cup.
Like I said, I am working on my compulsion to have a perfect seam. I decided to split the difference, so to speak, and just textured the middle. That way, I can still smooth out part of the seam while leaving the remainder less than perfect.
This was a complete disappointment. I hate the way the glaze turned out....funny thing is though, the camera actually makes it look pretty good. Not sure what happened, the glaze was extremely thick and I had to add quite a bit of water to make it a brushable consistency, might of been the problem. Too bad I used it on 2 pieces which ruined them. Sometime I am going to experiment with putting another glaze on top to see what happens.
I am going to start writing notes to myself in order to keep records of what I am doing, so this is what you will see as a foot note in this and future posts...
Clay used: M-11
Beginning weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
Ending weight: 9.1 ounces
Technique: Slab, texture, masking
Glaze used: Dark Jungle