By Clary Illian
In A Potter's Workbook, well known studio potter and instructor Clary Illian provides a textbook for the hand and the brain. Her target is to supply how to see, to make, and to consider the different types of wheel-thrown vessels; her details and thought clarify either the mechanics of throwing and completing pots made easily at the wheel and the rules of fact and wonder bobbing up from that conventional method.
Each bankruptcy starts with a sequence of routines that introduce the rules of excellent shape and sturdy forming for pitchers, bowls, cylinders, lids, handles, and each different possible useful form. targeting utilitarian pottery created at the wheel, Illian explores sound, full of life, and economically produced pottery varieties that mix an invitation to aware appreciation comfortably of use. Charles Metzger's impressive pictures, taken lower than perfect studio stipulations, completely supplement her full of life text.
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The only question is, once again, will it pour? Often students are taught that there must be two grooves along the sides of the throat of the spout or it will not pour well. This is not true and can be a trap unless the lines are executed with certainty and relate to all of the parts of the form. Any mark made on the clay must have all the quality of a good drawing mark. It must have interest in itself (figures 102, 103). 100 p i t c he r s 101 Spouts in profile 102 103 45 46 p i t c he r s 104 Spout pulling stages 105 But it is true that the area where the spout grows out of the rim and walls must be attended to.
Does the handle simply flow out of the pot seamlessly, or does it abut to the pot with a clear, articulated shape? The same decision must be made at the bottom attachment. Review all of the illustrations with these points in mind. All details add sculptural complexity and define style. All the discussion about pitchers to this point is also applicable to the making of mugs. One of the last shapes that student potters master is the mug. This might seem surprising since a mug is such a small and circumscribed object.
Pitchers are a wonderful source of ideas for the shapes of mugs (figures 92 –97). p i t c he r s 43 92 94 96 93 95 97 44 p i t c he r s 98 99 The definitive element in a pitcher is the spout. 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.
A Potter’s Workbook by Clary Illian