Robert Speirs, M.D. 766 X4450 on tue 10 dec 96
Can anyone tell me how to make nesting bowls? I can't figure out how
one would make them all at once and still get the rims to line up. I
can see if they are all made at different times and one fitted inside
another and the rim cut off, but I am SURE there is another way that my
feeble can't conceptualize at this moment.
Thanks a bunch.
Laura in Oregon
James Dapogny on wed 11 dec 96
> Can anyone tell me how to make nesting bowls? I can't figure out how
> one would make them all at once and still get the rims to line up. I
> can see if they are all made at different times and one fitted inside
> another and the rim cut off, but I am SURE there is another way that my
> feeble can't conceptualize at this moment.
> Thanks a bunch.
> Laura in Oregon
I make nesting bowls by starting with the largest bowl, then measuring its
interior size (inside rim to rim) horizontally, and the vertical size from
bat to lip. The next bowl is made with its outer horizontal measurement
1/2 inch (approximately) smaller than the above interior measurement, and
its vertical size 1/2 inch shorter than the above. I then measure that bowl
just as I did the largest one, and continue the same way. Hope this helps.
--Gail Dapogny in Ann Arbor
Sharon Miranda on thu 12 dec 96
Last year at Nceca I watched a demo of nesting bowls, and have since
experimented. Carefully weigh the amount of clay and take notes. I started
with about 8lbs, then 6 then 4 then 2. Use the same tools, same ribs, same
gestures. After they are trimmed and leather hard, stack them inside each
other and cheat by trimming the tops of the bowls! The demo at nceca
resulted in a fluted, curved edge, which made the 4 bowls look flower like
when nested - really beautiful.
Sharon LaRocca-Miranda *
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Oberlin, Ohio 44074 *
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Don Goodrich on fri 13 dec 96
I made a set of nesting bowls once by drawing the profile of each on
cardboard, then cutting along the outlines to make templates to use as I
threw 'em on the wheel. Tedious, but it worked.
iandol on wed 27 dec 00
Dear Sabre Wood,
One of the best resources for this sort of information is Functional =
Pottery by Robin Hopper.
Ch 16, Page 187 gives the illustration you need.
The main thing is to get the footring fairly high, which means throwing =
with a thicker base then turning back severely. So consolidate the =
bottom well from the inside and by squeezing inwards at the wheel head =
to alleviate the causes of "S" cracks. Then you need to think about =
flare, keeping a consistent profile, consistent diameter and a =
I love making stacking bowls.
Ivor . Redhill, South Australia.