Thursday, March 19, 2009

Raised top p.2

When the parts stiffen up enough to handle, you flip the top over (score the top rim and add slip) and place it on the rim just scored (left). I go ahead and trim the excess around the form and clean it up. The lid is taken and concaved to match the shape of the raised top and add the handle (right). I had to do a little bit of cutting away on the lip, so it would set tightly into the opening of the form.
I found this to be as easy as I could make it.
I really enjoy this method for construction. It took me about an hour (not counting drying time) to produce each form (photo to the right). Have fun and make them good pots.


Linda Starr said...

Oh Ron, you've gone and done it again. I love the curved top, I am sort of confused at how you got the curved top and then put it all together, but I really like it. I hope you'll post some photos of some of your finished (glazed) template constructed pieces.

potrron said...

Linda, I'm sorry, the curved surface of the top piece can be drapped in a towel suspended from the ceiling or (best way) is to place a towel or piece of plastic over the top of the jar or vessel. Take the cut out slab( which becomes the top of the vessel)and lay it on the plastic, centering it and gently push down the inside edges(toward the center of the slab). You need to let it stiffen enough( I let it go all night on a rainy night), then I flip this concaved slab over to attach it to the top edge of the vessel.
We just fired one of the forms in an anagama the other day and I haven't had a chance to photograph it. I'll get it up ASAP.

Linda Starr said...

Thanks, can't wait to see your fired pieces.