I’ve been an off again, on again pottery maker and recently picked it back up. I enjoy the feel of hand building objects and the utility of making something that is functional.
I bought a 25 pound bag of New Mexico’s Chocolate Clay, basic clay tools, and started with a simple project - create plant pots. I wanted to create plant pots for my office to make the place feel more interesting.
The best thing about hand building at home is that I can take as long as I want and don’t feel the rush of needing to go to a studio or be rushed out when a studio closes. The biggest challenge is not having a clay roller to flatten clay for the walls of a piece. I use a rolling pin that can adjust the thickness of the clay.
In this first batch of plant pots, I created 13 pots with 13 bases. I also had a little face that will become a cabinet pull. I dropped these pieces off at a local pottery studio for firing and the next steps will be to glaze and re-fire them.