The bottles and tumblers I made this morning after class before lunch (from about ten to eleven thirty.)
I took some of the smaller ones and put faces on them. I get encouragement from the other students to make them. I think everyone thinks they are pretty fun.
Some forms I made after supper. I hope to get some good handle practice on these. We will see what happens to them later I guess.
Today was a day that was almost perfect. After language class I went into the studio with the intent to make some beer bottles a bit like martins. Amazingly I felt like I was turnin back at home. I made everything pretty fast and was able to throw dry enough to take everything off of the bat immediately. I did not use one bat today which is a first with the china porcelain for me. I guess after making bigger forms going smaller seemed like a breeze. I also recieved a load of help from the other Brad that is here today. He gave me a nice hard critique on my handle forms and I must say it was humbling because I felt like a real champion after finally getting a good feel for this clay. He told me to try and match the rim thickness with the edge of the handle thickness for a better looking form. I had never heard that before. My handles are a bit too thick and it made me start to dislike many of my handles after he told me about it. He told me that I had some nice pots, but the trick now is fixing the little things. Turning something good into something great. He is really a great teacher and a great potter as well. he and his wife Kim are staying here for about a year. Kim is teaching english here. They have a blog about this place as well. You should check it out here. I spent all day in the studio today. 8am-8pm with lunch and class in the same area. Needless to say I am quite tired at this point. Good morning everyone in America and goodnight to me!