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It's A Pitcher

Jim Lawton is the instructor for the class that I'm taking at Penland. He does a lot of wheel throwing and then altering. He loves words and letters which is his inspiration to his forms.  He has a background in teaching so the first couple of days we had assignments for the pieces we made.  I did the assignments and was happy with the knowledge and thoughts involved but I wasn't really happy with the results of the first piece.  I'm using it to test glazes.  The other piece has gotten quite a bit of praise but I haven't decided how I feel about it.  I may write about it after it's fired.

Then I came up with this design for a pitcher based on what Jim does.  It's another exorcize, I have no interest in making worth that resembles his this closely but it was a good way to play with seams and darts and the like.

Thrown and Altered Pitcher
Yes, it's thrown.

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  1. I am seriously envying your time at Penland. What an amazing place to learn, lucky girl!!!

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    1. I am pretty lucky to be here but I'm working for it too.

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  2. What fun you are having, I always wonder about shapes like this that are functional and how they can be cleaned. Ha.

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    1. It's high fire and dishwasher safe Linda.

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  3. Lovely that you get a workshop with Jim and at Penland no less. Jim juried Earthworks ( our R.I. clay show in Kingston) and gave an excellent demonstration workshop that week end. The way he works is fascinating. Have fun!

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    1. Jim's great. This has been a fantastic workshop, I'm really enjoying Jim and the class. I'm still struggling with how any of this is going to work into my pottery, but we shall see.

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  4. you have to go look at dirtkicker's blog- this is along the same line as a mug she is working on.
    I thought she had turned it into a water can.
    Funny how these things work.
    Hope you are having a great time!

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    1. Thanks Meredith, being so busy here I had not checked her blog (or many others) in a few days. I told her to contact me about the process that Jim is teaching us. Maybe she'll do better with it than I have.

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  5. Ahhhh! I would love to be in that class. The bullseye mug I'm working on has been interesting and really quite fun. During the drying process, the base of the mug began to mis-shape. So there are still several bugs I'm trying to work out. Definitely a challenge.

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    1. The base may have warped if the two pieces where not close enough in moisture content. You have to work on the body pretty wet. Let me know if I can help you with any challenges you come across with this piece.

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  6. Any advice on how you would glaze the inside of the cylinder that projects through the pitcher? maureenameyer@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Maureen, I'd simply dip or pour the glaze, maybe even spray it if that's the look I was going for. This piece was salt fired so I poured the interior than let the kiln glaze the outside.

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