When ever I make a new form it starts in the sketchbook, then goes to a “sketch in clay”. This is especially true for making very large urns. The first thing I’ll do is make a small prototype, with a lid or handle that is quickly pinched or rolled. I may do this several times to see what type of handle/lid fits with the form. I then make a another small more finished looking piece. This piece will go through to the glaze firing. At this point I can really see if the glaze I had in mind from my sketchbook drawing will work with the form. It is here that I make my decision to go for the larger form, or to scrap the idea. Here is one of the finished sketches. I have decided to move forward with this idea, and to make a variation of it which you can see in the last post in the greenware stage.
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