This is the latest oval casserole I made. I throw the bottom on a plaster bat then I throw the sides. The reason for using a plaster bat is to have the plaster draw some moisture out of the clay. After a short time the bottom can be removed from the bat and thrown on a table to stretch it into a more oval shape. This creates great texture in the bottom of the casserole as long as I leave some throwing lines in the clay when I’m throwing it.
|Stamped Oval Casserole|
Next pull the sides into an oval and attach them to the base. This needs some good slipping and scoring and lots of compression on the join. I cover the piece with plastic and let everything sit for a day or two. This helps the moisture level in the clay become more even and helps to prevent separation and cracking. It’s not a bad thing for these pots to dry slowly.
This pot has a rolled edge that I added texture to with a stamp. I like the way the glazes played in the texture and muted it a little. I think I’ll play with this idea a bit more.
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