01 February 2009

Super Bowls

Coincidence...or not?! The big game is tonight and I've been throwing lots of what I call 'drum bowls', they have a more upright demeanor than most bowls. I like the challenge that the change of curves offers and the vertical-ness presents a great surface for ash and salt to meet. These are 8-12lbs., somewhat larger than I usually make, but I'm determined to 'go big or go home' and I'm starting to worry about filling the kiln by early March. These will help.
I also threw a couple of boards of 'minis'. Toff and I used to discuss pots that would fit in all the odd spaces left in a kiln in an effort to increase a firing's value. I've been making things like this ever since. I like the challenge of making wee little pots that have the same detail and sophistication as bigger ones. 1/2 lb of clay. Some of the bottles will become mini bellermines.

A rare sighting of a purple Ellie Bird seen in her typical habitat!


Hollis Engley said...

Doug Fitch called those little pots "tiddlers" when I talked about them on my blog a couple of months ago. You can double the number of pots in the kiln, a simple little fact I must have learned from you. Nice big bowls, too. It's above freezing here today on the Cape. Made pots of chile and pea soup last night so that we'd have something to eat during the game this afternon.

Incognito said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the big bowls; I've always been intrigued by bowls and their various shapes. Definitely my favorite to work with, too, but I don't plan on stopping there! Will be exciting to see these after firing.

Dan Finnegan said...

The bowls'll really change when I trim/turn them later this week.I'll add handles and other doodads tomorrow. Things dry slowly right now...I like that. I'm off to eat too much and mourn the end of another nfl season. Are the chiles and the peas all together?!

Hollis Engley said...

Sorry. Took me a moment to understand that question. No, separate dishes of New Mexico Red and split pea. I served the chile as Frito Pie, a street dish we used to get at Woolworth's in Santa Fe. Crumbled corn chips, chile poured over them, topped with grated cheddar and chopped onion. Woolworth's sold it inside a single-serving bag of Fritos, with a plastic spoon sticking out. Great stuff.