Porn: Emmaus Plates

Slip cast things. Sometimes we just need to save our bodies. Every potter should have a hand built somethin’ sommin’ in their line up. I am 24 and my potter back decides it just cant handle supporting my body once a year. When I had to renew my first aid, the instructor said beware not all people can reach their arm back to the ground when you roll them over into the recovery position. I didn’t really take this to heart and applied a wee bit to much pressure to my unconscious work partner’s stubborn inflexible arm and he came out of coma! We all have our weak points.  Save your body, it is your tool, your temple, your home. I need to remind myself this all the time. I live in my head often to begin with but, on top of it out here at tower there is just the tiniest mirror, so I seldom take a good long look at myself in my entirety. (Project one back in the real world might be to buy a big old mirror in which I can ground myself in this reality each day by reflection). I took a liking to the idea of throwing large plates on the wheel into a mold of a the bottom side of a plate. I have been fiddling about at it for the last two years and reckon I’ll  keep at it. Consequently, I am always looking at the bottoms of commercially made plate. I collected a handful during a residency for reference and this on was my favorite for some reason.

2 thoughts on “Porn: Emmaus Plates

  1. alexx says:

    During thesis i took a swing at the jigger jolly machine at school, it was a lot of fun but a great challenge too. It took so much set up just to produce a singe item and by time you got to making the first actual piece I wished i had designed a new form already.

    I have been thinking of making a half jigger/jolly machine, to fit on our plaster lathe.
    Thanks for the great blog, great plates too.
    -alexx

  2. bpracticalpottery says:

    Jiggers are great machines. I got to use one in Quebec for a bit. I have been dreaming of getting my hands on one and doing endless testing of surface in a soda kiln. After all the that set up work it makes to get the most out of it by way of standardized testing! Some day…

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