|stretched spots on the cat bottle|
Here's a 'bottle' that sold at the Foothills show. It's slab built, and many people were curious how I made the spots. This is a technique I learned at Hayne Bayless' workshop at Arrowmont many years ago (see his amazing work on his website at www.sidewaysstudio.com). We painted or printed a pattern on a thick slab. In this case I brushed on small ovals of black underglaze. The slab of white stoneware is about 1" thick. Next I placed a large piece of clean drywall on the floor and threw the clay slab down with a slanting motion rather than straight down. This begins to thin out the slab and stretch the pattern of spots. I continue to do this until I get a pleasing pattern. I do a final thinning of the clay on the slab roller in order to make it a uniform thickness (making sure that no underglaze transfers onto the slab roller!) Next I use the (bristol paper) patterns I made and cut out the pieces and finally assemble them.
Apologies to those who aren't familiar with some of these terms! Please post a comment if you have questions. I'll try to post some pix of the slab roller. It's