Templates, textures, teacups

template, bowls and teacupsStill working with very thin slabs, this time making bowls and teacups. I started by cutting out a template from newspaper and once I had a working template, I cut a more permanent one out of cardboard (in this case, bright blue).  To make a low bowl like the one on the right, I started with a full circle with a hole cut out of the middle. Then I cut a section of the circle away to make a bowl and the leftover piece was a perfect size for a teacup. You can see the large piece for the bowl, already cut in the clay, and the blue cardboard template for the teacup on the right.

To start with, both the bowls and teacups have straight sides but after I have attached the sidewall slab to the bottom slab, I curve the wall by pushing the wall out with my thumb from the inside. Then I add handles to the teacups and, because the walls of the cups are so thin, I add a couple of  “buttons” just below the handle to protect the drinker’s knuckle from the heat. The buttons are cute, too.

The fishnet texture was added before I constructed the teacup: I rolled a piece of fishnet into the clay slap. The straight line texture was carved into the walls after the bowl/cup was constructed, but before the handles were added.

I got these ideas from the DVD set  called What If? Explorations with Texture and Soft Slabs by  Sandi Pierantozzi.

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4 Comments

  1. Fran
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Really do appreciate folks like you who post their wonderful ideas – esp., for those of us who are just beginning!

    Thanks!

  2. Brenda
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing, it gives me inspiration to begin again.

  3. Bev
    Posted April 27, 2017 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I run a workshop for the handicapped using mostly slab, so your article was very helpful for me. Thanks!

  4. dena
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    love the teacups templates, texture, teacups.. what two sized circles did you make the teacup out of.. thank you in advance, dena

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