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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Woven Rim Paper Clay Bowl


Finally finished! Below is a photo taken as it came out of the kiln, filled with some of the beads I had fired to use on the rim.  


 Below is one more studio room ..... guess I really do take over the house. The bathroom makes the perfect weaving room as the reed is soaked in the bath-tub and the mirror is useful to help see how the rim is progressing.


 I had considered simply stitching around the rim and tying it off with a bead, but no that will be for another bowl.
 Finished .....
Why paper-clay?  Paper clay is much lighter than regular stoneware so it allows me to make large pieces with thick slabs or walls yet they are quite light. The paper clay I use is stoneware clay with the addition of paper pulp. Paper clay also has a strong dry strength so greenware is not as fragile as regular greenware as the paper fibers help hold the clay together. The one disadvantage I find is that the moist clay will mold quicker with the addition of paper in it. But that simply urges me to use that clay up and keep creating!

6 comments:

  1. Exquisite! I really like the "Zentagle" effect you have created in the patterning.

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  2. that is a stunning piece Gina! I love the patterning as well

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  3. Fantastic textures, lovely shape.

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