New Vases

Whilst experimenting with layers of  porcelain on stoneware clays for plates it seemed natural to make some of these into vertical forms too.

I joined these slabs together whilst the clay was still quite soft. This is a technique that my friend Nigel was using when he was potting out in Spain, partly because of the hot weather and the need to join them together quickly before they dried out too much and partly due to his spontaneous nature. I really enjoyed making some slab pieces with him and this is the technique I decided to use this time too. When you scrape a kidney down the join of two slabs when the clay is still nice and soft you get a lovely burr on the edge, and this seems to suit the marks I was drawing into the surface and break nicely through the glaze