Out of all the things that I’ve made this year, out of all the other hundreds of yunomi sets, this is one of my favorites. It’s simple, minimalistic, and of course black 😂 even though it “looks” simple, nothing about making this was simple.
Throwing on the mead (or hump) takes years to master, in which this was made. At this point in my experience, I’m just now learning how to measure out the clay by muscle memory to accommodate a set of the same sized pieces that come to mind.
For the longest time, I dreaded throwing on the hump. I used to throw everything separately by wedging and measuring out each ball of clay on a scale, centering each piece, and so on. I found that the mead helps with speeding things up in production, yet having a finer quality of volume and shapes. To the non-potter, this means throwing many smaller things from 1 big piece of clay.
At the beginning of my mead experience, I used to finish up a piece until I had to cut it off of the hump using a wire. I would almost always cut the bottom toooooo thin or cut the bottom right off making a tube that you could see right through! My teacher then told me to give leeway - to make the bottom thicker for trimming and to finish the pot as much as I could on the wheel before cutting it off even before the trimming process. So I started to shape the foot (bottom ring) of the pot, making a defined line of where the pot ends, wire it through, and do the Japanese pinch-off technique.
In the images, you see a fine angle-lift at the bottom connecting the foot ring to the body where liquid would settle. All of that space was solid clay before I trimmed out that hard-edged shape - thus comes the same trial and error. Knowing when to stop trimming is quite advanced as well. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve trimmed right through the bottoms of my pots. I now use the tapping technique to feel and hear how dense the bottom is. Since then, I’ve never had any problems.
It’s the simple things that, when you forget to do or miss, could effect the whole process and everything can break apart before your eyes. “Pottery is easy” -said no potter EVER.
CHEERS to 2019 in hopes that you appreciate what I do better, because this stuff isn’t easy.
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