The thing is, people do want large bowls. I recently had a request for a nice, large pasta bowl. The kind of bowl that is filled with a wonderful pasta dish and placed on the table in front of family and friends. Dig in, share, enjoy. I love those gatherings and would be very happy to have my bowl be a part of that fun.
I saw a video on Pinterest and thought it would be worth a try in order to make this bowl. You can see the video here. http://youtu.be/lFudiwgRcdM
Essentially it’s a great amount of pounding on the clay. If you are ever really, really angry this would be a great way to take out those frustrations. I found it to be very tiring even with very fresh, soft clay. I was only using 10 pounds of clay for my bowl and still it was hard work.
|14 Inch Bowl|
I will say, it was much cleaner than trying to center 10 pounds of clay, plus the loss of clay was minimal so my 10 pound bowl will be a bit larger than it would have been if I had thrown it in a traditional way.
If I were to try this again I’d try using two paddles instead of my hands. Currently, I don’t have any paddles that are sturdy enough to pound this much clay. I need to get those, or make them. I’m also thinking about making a rubber mallet that has a spherical end instead of a cylinder with flat ends. I think that would do a great job and save the beating on my hands.
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