I’ve just received back from the kiln my first ventures into terracotta pots. It’s not my first choice in terms of colour but it’s a lovely clay to work with. Here I was exploring how thin I could roll the clay – how much like fabric I could make it – before the whole structure sagged and tore. As I rolled I imprinted the texture of various textiles and threads. The glazes were watered down, wiped off and generally distressed to create a sense of age and wear. I have to say I’m delighted with the outcomes – not very polished but hugely exciting to me. The clay picks up the very finest of marks and feels very much like fabric to handle when rolled this thin.
The first is quite robust, with a smooth, almost polished surface.
The second was rolled much thinner and allowed to sag and tear. It’s really fine and feels very light and fragile in the hand (they’re both a good handful-size).
The last was an experiment in gravity, about 40 cm tall and not very stable but I love its willowy elegance and the sense that it could collapse at any moment.
I made these back in November. Currently waiting for the rest of my stuff to be fired. Really, the most excited I’ve been for a long time!