Slow Made Pottery

I choose to make slow made pottery… that is one at a time, by my hands only.

Here is a little video with some Sunday music, (slowed down a bit more than usual, for effect).

This short little video shows me trimming a plate on a foam bat. The plate is pushed into the foam with my fingers. I use a large lid from a jar to evenly distribute the pressure of my fingers, so as not to dent the bottom of the pot. Plates create lots of ribbon like trimmings!

These particular plates that I am trimming are for a custom order of plates and chalices. I will be making ten plates (aka Paten) and ten chalices for a church in Southern California.

 

To purchase Chalices and Plates visit my shop here.

Chalice and Paten LucyFagella.com

 

Making Ceramic Sugar Jars

Making ceramic sugar jars, with a lid, in one piece, requires some practice… make that, lots of practice. You start by making a closed form that looks like the finished piece, but taller, with a groove for where the lid will sit in the pot. When the piece becomes leather hard, you cut into the form to separate the lid from the rest of the pot. Here are a few photos of what the form looks like at the end of both steps, and the finished sugar jar complete with a spoon.

 

making ceramic sugar jars Lucy Fagella
One piece sugar jar form, freshly thrown. 

 

Making ceramic sugar jars Lucy Fagella
After the lid is cut, sugar jars drying

The lids are cut from the form and trimmed to sit snug in the lid gallery. I will let them dry slowly under plastic for a few days, then soften any high sharper spots before they go into the bisque kiln. The glazes will be semi-transparent and will pool into the grooves that I have created. I will use a few different color glazes for these sugar jars, some springtime colors… pale greens and blues, along with some golden amber which reminds me of honey… I guess these would make good honey jars too!  Much of my work is standard ware, (meaning they all have similar features and size, making them easily repeatable for online ordering and wholesale accounts). I wanted this batch of sugar jars to be one of a kind for the up-coming shows. I have two shows coming right up in April and May, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, and the Worcester Pottery Invitational!

Here is a customer favorite, a red dot sugar jar and spoon, working in my kitchen on a hot summer day.

Sugar Jar with Spoon Lucy Fagella

Patterns and Optical Illusions

Patterns, just love what they can do.  Repetition, movement, optical illusions.

I have been making these little treasure boxes with different patterns and glazes… here are some of the blue ones.  I have included the images of the process… how I draw the pattern using a square grid, then apply wax resist to the pattern.  I love the way they look glazed but not fired.  But what I really want you to look at is the optical illusion that occurs on the finished blue piece.  Do you see a leaf/petal or a diamond shape?  I see one first, then the other after awhile.

These will be available soon on my new updated website, and in my etsy shops… I need to have a long photo session, and get all the new stuff up!

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