Alisa and Claus Clausen on wed 1 dec 99
I understand your desire to have a more directed throwing session.
Although I am not new at throwing (well, half new, only 20 years compared to
I am isolated right now as far as mentors. I lament in fact, not having =
something of me. Probably why I am somewhat depressed after a recent show I
in. As soon as I came home I detached myself from those pots and had a new
mental image of
what I hope to reach next time. I think with no mentors it can be easy to
become self indulging as well as overly critical all at the same time.
This is what I do for =22training=22. Throwing is, after all, athletic.
Here is my suggestion for =22reps=22:
(one full set at a time, nothing else inbetween, how many sets you do is up =
your mind, body and time)
10 ca. 7=22 cylinders cut over to check for eveness and =
5 ca. 2lb. bowls my particular focus is using a =
rib inside for a fluid curve
I want the inside curve =
same as the outside curve
5 ca. 4lb. bowls I get more creative here with rims,
flanges, and depth
5 ca. 9 in. dia. plates I throw 5 of the same, but change rims=
flanges. I use
a wood rib to even the =
surface of the plates.
8 coffee mugs I vary the form from session to =
8 cylinders of any height I practice spouts
Pull handles I try to pull handles for mugs and =
I attach them to the =
cylinders (even though everything is
too soft, I aim to attach =
handles so that where they are attached
at the top and bottom are
parrallel. It helps enormously to attach the
top of the handle first, =
lightly press the bottom of the handle
where you think it should =
Hold the cup to eye level =
the handle away from your nose
and check that where your
handles are connecting
are parrallel to each =
If they are not, you have a chance to move
the bottom of the handle =
better place. Holding the cup eye level
has really helped me get =
handles on straight.
I think everyone may have favorite forms, not because they are easy, but =
they like them.
Right now I like to throw completely closed forms because I saw a program =
a Scottish woman who threw rocks. She lined them all up on the beach and =
them swim away.
I also know that if I do not train, I get into throwing forms that I like =
and that doesn't mean forms that I can sell.
Lastly, I think it is a good idea to set out to throw something definite, =
then let the clay throw you=21 Of couse sometimes it happens you just throw=
throwing sake. These excercises are to come further in your technical =
Have fun, good luck
Alisa in Denmark
Helvi Abatiell on fri 3 dec 99
In a message dated 12/1/99 2:56:28 PM, Aliskin@mail.dk writes:
<< Right now I like to throw completely closed forms because I saw a program
a Scottish woman who threw rocks. She lined them all up on the beach and let
them swim away.
When you throw closed forms, don't you still need a pinhole so they don't
explode? (I'm making rattles for future musicians with beads on the inside.)
Did this woman actually watch them float away? What a wonderful
I wish I lived near the beach if only to experience that once!!
in cold Rutland, Vermont- snow dusting on everything is quite beautiful!