Sep 27, 2013

Mini Coil Pot

Mini Coil Pot
Another small n cute attempt with coil building. This mini pot is created with continuous coils draped to form a thin necked i want to try more shapes with coil ....may be a range of miniatures! Happy Coiling!!

Work in Progress

Sep 25, 2013

Tea Light Holder: Coil Work

Coil with a curve!!
This was in my mind when I thought of experimenting something different with coil other than making a pot. I wanted to make a small piece that can be a unique gifting idea for festive season. This pottery piece can be used as table coaster as well as tea light holder.

Happy Coiling!!

Sep 24, 2013

Ganesha Idol

Every time I start writing my blog post, I feel  the same level of excitement like i had when i first wrote my  blog post to showcase my debut pottery creation. The reason may be that I always try experimenting something new and test my limits!! Sometimes I get success n sometimes I just spoil Clay, hands, studio, tools...just everything.
Well, Success....I post on blog and failures...hmmm... I keep them to myself sshhhh :-) This time I did what I had been wanting to do. I created a kind of sculpture...hmm well "Idol" would be the right word....An Indian Idol :-)

I created Ganesha Idol using Pinch technique. It is made of terracotta clay and can be used as an Eco friendly Ganesha. Since, I wanted to bisque fire this idol...I kept it hollow from inside...else the piece could burst during firing. I did not use any mold to make this shape...its purely hand building!! By grace of God, it has really come up well!! Here are few poses of My Friend Ganesha:>
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!! (belated)

Sep 13, 2013

Terracotta Coil Pot with a twist

Twisting, tweaking, spiraling, fixing, rebuilding, rejuvenating, praying, Ive been doing all this for last couple of days while making this creative coil pot. And finally this is done and is all ready for bisque firing. This is a dual purpose can be used as a flower vase and if inverted can be hanged as a lamp shade. I've given a provision for adding bulb holder inside this vase.
At night it looked awesum when i clicked pictures with T-light inside it.

There are lot of variations in coil technique and as ceramic artist I'm enjoying experimenting new creation each day....

Happy Coiling!!

Sep 10, 2013

Square Vase: Slab Building Technique

When I first learnt Slab Technique, I found it quite simple and thought of practicing other techniques rather than making something simple with slab. But,
with each passing day, I experimented different creations with this simple technique and now most of my creations revolves around this simple "Slab building" technique yet exclusive - be it a tile, name plate, wall art, mask, vase, photo frame, table coasters, bowl, plates, and much more!!

This pen holder is made using slab building technique which give square or rectangle shape to the pot/vase. I also sculpted Zoozoos who are trying their level best to peek into this pen holder :-)

Happy Claying!!

Sep 6, 2013

Face Masks

Handmade Ceramic Tribal Mask
Tribal Clay Mask
Face Mask is an advance form of slab building technique. You can experiment a lot with this technique. The important point to remember is proportion and placement of facial features. The best part is unlike sketching or painting, there is no limitation as how you sculpt the facial features. For tribal mask, you can do lot of variations and experiments. You can make it look funny, weird, scary, happy....just with a twist of clay!!

We do not encourage molds to create mask...we use purely handbuilding technique. Molds do give that perfect look of facial features like you see at roadside potter's stall. But handbuilding allows ceramic artist to experiment lot of things rather than just being guided by predefined mold shape.

I personally love Sri Lankan masks. They look dynamic and colourful and are primarily made on wood. Apart from this, African masks are also quite popular among art lovers. Some of my students experimented making terracotta face mask. Pics are displayed below. Happy Masking!!

Example of Sri Lankan Masks

Pottery Face Mask by students at Claying Thoughts
Funny Mask by Aarav (10 years young lad)

Mask by Shilpa (College Student)
Tribal Mask by Tanvi (Amazingly Talented: Student I would love to learn from )

Mask by Katyayini (Chirpy student of 8 years age)
Mask by Pooja (Working Professional n SuperMom)

Mask by Anushka (lovely n talented girl of 10 years age)

Sep 5, 2013

How to make "Clay Slip"

What is Clay Slip?
For those, who are newbie to pottery, Clay Slip is a solution used for joining two clay pieces together. It's works like an adhesive .....similarly like we use glue to stick paper or cloth or other material. So if you are working with wet clay, then clay slip is the best and the only medium to join clay pieces together.  

How Clay Slip looks like?
If you have seen a potter working on a wheel, then you must have observed the liquid clay that drips out of potter hand....this is nothing but diluted form of clay and known as clay shown in the first picture above. So if you are working on potter's wheel, then clay slip is naturally formed. This clay slip can be collected in an air tight box and can be stored for days to be later used for joining handles to cups or doing some other decoration art on clay pots.

How to make Clay Slip if we are not working on Potter's wheel?
Potters or Ceramic Artists who practice handbuilding pottery makes clay slip in their studio. You can also make clay slip using few simple steps:
  • Take a jar and soak a lump of clay in water overnight. Make sure clay is completely soaked in the water. Add extra water to ensure that clay settles down completely.
  • Next day you will see clay is being settled down and clear water is floating on the top.
  • Drain out the excess water, and make a smooth paste of mud using your hands like we make a batter for cake. Make sure that there should not be any lump left in the paste.
  • Alternately, you can also use a mixer or hand blender to make a smooth paste. Your clay slip is ready.
  • Store it in an air tight box and use it for days. Keep adding water if you find your slip getting thicker.
Hope you find this tip interesting and useful.....Enjoy your pottery and Happy Claying!!