Well if your a potter making it for your family…. about three or four years. It’s like the carpenters house never getting done… I finally started to make the dinnerware set the week before Christmas. The week after New Years I made the lunch plates.
After many conversations with my apprentice Pam about how long pottery takes to make, I have decided blog about a dinnerware set from start to finish. This subject will be a series of explainations on the processes involved, and the time each process takes. Pam will hopefully add her two cents here and there… or anyone else who wants to comment is welcome.
The setting… Dec. 22, kids home on holiday break… fit in whatever hours you can. I send them outside to sled and snowboard, that will give me a couple of hours. The snow is gorgeous… the studio is warm. The music I’m listening to today is Jack Johnson, Annie Lenox, The Indigo Girls. I’m going to make my dinner plates… fifteen to start, hopefully getting twelve when all is said and done.
9:50 – 10:20 …wedge 15 pieces of clay weighing 4 lbs each. Total – 1/2 hour, 60lbs… a good workout.
10:30 – 11:35… throw 15, 10 1/2 ” plates (which are actually 11 1/4 and will shrink during the firing). Clean the wheel.
This is actually the quickest part of the whole process for me… I don’t find throwing the plates that difficult… it is the rest that wears on me… the trimming, drying, and all the things that go wrong with plates…warping, cracking, glazing, etc.
11:40 just done on time… kids are in… cold… snow pants, gloves, hats and jackets, wet as can be. Put the mac and cheese on…. be a MOM.
1:00 – 1:10 turn all the plates around 180 degrees so they don’t dry un-evenly from the pellet stove.
Be a Mom again… its vacation.
4:00 – 4:10 turn all plates again.
8:00 – 8:15 rotate plates from front of table to back, back to front. Cover all plates lightly with plastic.
Next : Trimming plates!
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