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Crafty Weekend – Challenge 2 – Pottery

So as I said in my previous post I went away last week to celebrate my Mother In Laws 50th Birthday.  The hotel we were staying at was a golf, craft and activity hotel and was great fun – there was so much to do and definitely no time to get bored.

So whilst we were there my husband and me tried our hand at pottery.  It cost us £5 each and for that we made 3 items of any size using moulds.  I chose to make a Dolphin Bookend, a Snowman Night Light and a Santa Bear.  Once we had chosen our moulds we first had to fill the moulds and leave them for a set time (most between 20-40 min) for the slip to start to dry before turning them over to release the slip.

 Filling

So once we had emptied the moulds we left them for 2-3 hours to dry before we removed them from the mould.  At this stage we then spent time fettling the items to remove the seam marks and any rough edges.  After this we left them over night to dry.

Pottery Dry

The following day we needed to paint the items and prepare them for glazing.  I decided that I was going to just clear glaze the Snowman Night Light therefore I just painted the bottom with Wax (this stops the glaze from sticking to it giving a bottom surface) and put that ready for glazing and firing.  The Dolphins I sponged with a Turquoise colour and then sponged over the top of the waves with a darker blue enhancing the wave effect.  I then hand painted the Santa Bear with a paintbrush.

Painting

It is difficult to paint the pottery as you cant quite be sure what colour it will turn out as the colour of the paint is totally different before firing.  Also the clay absorbs the paint very quickly so it can be difficult to ensure an even coverage.

Painted Pottery

After I had finished painting them I put them ready for Glazing and firing.  We then went back the following day to pick up our finished products and see how they turned out.  I was really pleased with the turn out especially after the first attempt.  I cant wait to go back and do it again!

Finished Pottery

I thought I would also share with you what my husband created.  The Bear is for our Niece, the Vase is a Valentines present for myself and the “Chip and Dip” bowl is something we are looking forward to using.

Matts Pottery

Today is my mother’s birthday although unfortunately I will not be able to go visit her until Saturday.  Therefore my next challenge will be her birthday card!