By Clary Illian
In A Potter's Workbook, popular studio potter and instructor Clary Illian provides a textbook for the hand and the brain. Her objective is to supply the way to see, to make, and to contemplate the varieties of wheel-thrown vessels; her info and proposal clarify either the mechanics of throwing and completing pots made easily at the wheel and the foundations of fact and sweetness coming up from that conventional method.
Each bankruptcy starts off with a sequence of routines that introduce the foundations of fine shape and strong forming for pitchers, bowls, cylinders, lids, handles, and each different attainable sensible form. targeting utilitarian pottery created at the wheel, Illian explores sound, vigorous, and economically produced pottery varieties that mix an invitation to aware appreciation very easily of use. Charles Metzger's notable pictures, taken lower than perfect studio stipulations, completely supplement her full of life text.
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The most obvious shapes that could serve well as pitchers are cylinders. Suppose that all the pots made so far had spouts and handles. Nearly all of them would make perfectly adequate pitchers, and some of them would be very exciting to look at and a pleasure to use (figures 50 –54). A useful notion for analyzing pitchers comes from Warren MacKenzie. He says pitchers have two parts: a part that contains and a part that delivers the contents (figure 55). Clearly, in the case of simple cylindrical pitchers, there is no distinction between the two parts.
The individual tends to gravitate to similar increments of clay no matter what the shapes. This tendency should be a choice, not an unconscious habit. Remember that just because you are trying to throw thinner and thinner walls does not mean that the top and bottom edges inevitably have to be thin also. Making choices about putting the top, middle, and bottom together is what the next assignment is all about. b e g i n n i n g s a n d e n di n g s 19 32– 34 Rob Barnard Cylinders as Pots The third assignment is to throw a cylinder that is not just a throwing exercise but a finished pot—a cylinder with a personality and a story to tell.
Let’s begin with the view from the top and look again at the shape and size of the handle where it attaches to the pot. An obvious relationship is the one between the width of the handle and the width of the spout. Making them equal creates movement across the diameter of the opening (figure 98). But, once again, this is not a rule, and it is easy to imagine a spout width relating to something else in the form. The shape of the spout, viewed from the top, is limited only by functional success. Too narrow a shape chokes the liquid and slows pouring.