2019 has arrived and I am in the midst of my biggest “production” yet! Ten mugs, thrown in red stoneware. My goal is for each of these to hold 16oz, dimensions being 4 inches by 4 inches. There are some size variations but they look pretty same-ish! As always, there is room for improvement so here are my throwing notes:
What I learned:
- Use a ruler, and make a standard measuring device which will help measuring be much easier.
- Same size balls of clay will result in more consistent sizes of mug body.
- Break down the process into bits, a standard to follow each time you throw.
- Pre making same sized slugs and pulling from attached to the mug helps achieve more consistent handles.
What I could do better:
- The bottoms and walls are still too heavy – stop being scared, you can push the clay harder to use less clay for bigger sizes.
- More practice is needed with the handles, they still have a bit of a twist.
- Attaching the handles is still a bit messy so do some research or just take more care instead of being impatient.