Anatomy of a Pot

Of A pot. Not THE pot. I never touch that stuff.

Here is a pot (you know, from pottery class) that is very special to me. Because Declan sat and laboriously rolled all the coils (“worms”) for each of the spirals in the bowl. OK, I did a little “finessing” of the coils. But befinitely a joint effort.

Step 1: Roll coils, and place inside a bowl you want to mimic in size.

Step 2: Scrape the inside of the bowl VERY gently to make it flat while still keeping the coil shape intact on the side that is pressing into the mold.

Step 3: Wait till it’s dry, lift the bowl out of the mold and sand out any mistakes. Usually a big part of the process for me.

Step 4: Fire once to make it stoneware.

Step 5: Glaze and pray that the color combinations you picked are decent together.

Step 6: Fire it one more time… VOILA!

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This article has 20 comments

  1. Mamma

    Oh glazing always stressed me out.

    What a cool thing for you to do together–and to have it as a reminder.

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Meg, I do/did have some on my Etsy store, but I am not selling this one!

    thanks gang!

  3. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Perfectionist – someone got it!!!

  4. nutmeg

    The colors worked! Are you selling these yet?

  5. amy t sharp

    love it- so jealous! I wanna take that class too!

  6. Mary Beth

    Oh I am SO impressed! You both must have such a sense of accomplishment to have it come out so well!

  7. MB

    You could put pot in that pot.

    I love it!

  8. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Amy, I actually do have a kiln, it was Aunt Heidi’s! – but it remains packed up in my garage. I go to a pottery studio and use their kilns and tools. Usually I go on Thursday nights for lessons, but also, Declan comes in with me sometimes on the weekends for free clay play time.

  9. The Casual Perfectionist

    Your “pot” was a “joint effort”…ha! And, it’s very beautiful!

  10. Sizzle

    I love it.

  11. Lisa-tastrophies

    Good Rolls!!

  12. Amy

    Does this imply you have a kiln? I’m a fairly new reader so forgive me if I speak the obvious. But Chris will be so jealous…

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  14. Doodaddy

    How I love your no-pot pot!
    Could I love it a whole darn lot?
    Would I love it with a dot?
    I’d even love it on a cot!

    I love the way it’s made from coils!
    It’s great to hear of Declan’s toils!
    I hope that sitting doesn’t give you boils.
    Are you a fan of the KC Royals?

    OK, running out. Can you tell what author we’ve just discovered, though?

    Seriously, very cool pot.

  15. gorillabuns

    Wow! I’m quite impressed. My pots usually exploded in the kiln and I had to “creatively” interpret their designs as “happy accidents.”

    Let’s not discuss the vast amounts of glaze stuck to the shelf of the kiln.

    Hence, I was not a potter.

  16. Mr Lady

    OH MY GOD. That is SO FREAKING cool. You should teach an enrichment class doing that. ūüėČ

  17. Manisha

    OMG! This is just sooo cool! I showed it to my daughter and both of us want to make a pot like this now! in summer! Waaaay coool!

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