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192 Jim Boone Rd
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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Filtering by Tag: coil and throw

All Strepped Out

Michael Kline

Where have I been? Where am I?

The infirmary, is where!

Luckily there's wifi and a Mac. I've been cooped up with strep throat. My advice, don't get it. Anti-biotics don't do a whole lot, there's only so much jello you can eat, throat coat tea isn't really up to the task, but here I am, somewhat coherent after a very groggy day and a half.

I wanted to wrap up the process of making the big jar that I actually finished the other day. Here are a few pictures of the process. One of the most important parts of this coil and throw technique is rolling out the big coil evenly and consistently the right thickness. And of course there aren't any pictures for you. I'll have to make a pinky promise that I'll record that for you when I work on my next one (hopefully Monday). Of course there's a few details that aren't recorded here, it's impossible to get everything in here. It's just a blog, after all!

I guess we could get the you-tube bunch over here and powder my nose for some HD instructional video. But we'll have to wait and see.

smoothing the coil onto the section below.

smoothing the inside connection

i should've stopped here!

but i didn't.

now it's on to the next one.


Michael Kline

For those keeping score at home. Currently 25" tall and I will add a collar/lip coil, some handles later today. The shape isn't my favorite, but after a few more of these I should be a little more sure with the "silhouette". It'll be a lot of fun to paint these!

I work up this morning full of achy joints and a very sore throat. Stacey woke me up to stop me from snoring (several times, apparently!) Snoring is something I never do, right? Snoring would explain the sore throat, if it weren't coupled with the achy body.

I'm going to finish this guy and I'll try to post some pics later. But if you don't hear from me, I could be napping...

Friday Evening

Michael Kline

Seems like the night time is the right time to get things done. After supper I made the walk up hill to the shop for some Friday night pottery fun. The afternoon was spent with visitors, bisqueware shuffling, and cleaning up. I wanted to make pitchers but ended up working on some vases/bottles. I've wanted to make these for a long time and struggled getting the technique figured out. After several that ended up in the bin, I got a few that I kept. The first ones were made by adding a coil to the top and throwing that into a neck, but it was hard to figure the proportions, (mostly my coil and throwing technique sucked!) The neck would kink and get off center from uneven coiling, etc. So what I decided to do was use the capping technique and threw the neck separately and that seemed to be a much easier approach. It's been a long time since I made of these forms, (probably early nineties)and I'm looking forward to playing around with the handles. Maybe they don't need handles? Your suggestions are welcome.