This post previews another new piece that I documented step by step as I worked on it.
Someone commented on my last post that they wanted to see my tools. This is a shot of the 5 tools I used to carve and stamp on this pot. From left to right: a metal stylus with small ball tips on each end; a Kemper wire loop cutting tool; a fine wire tool I use for drawing lines; a broken off TV antenna I use to "pebble" a surface; and an old burnisher from my "pre-computer" graphic design days.
Here is the piece pre carving.
This time I broke the bottom into 5 sections and carved or pressed a texture into each.
I worked on the piece upside down on the banding wheel and my lap. The lid is safe under plastic.
I decided to draw pods & plants around the entire upper half of the piece. I used the fine wire tool to draw the plants. It is the same tool I use when I do scrafitto decoration.
I made the handles by rolling small clay coils over a corrugated cardboard to pick up a lined pattern. Then I flattened the underside of the coils on the table.
After tracing the outline of the handle in position I scored each surface with a knife before attaching them.
I used my finger to mold the underside of the handles into a graceful curve. The lid is still not carved.
A top view of the lid with carving, sprigs and the knob in place.
I also added sprigs to the sides of the handles.
A detail shot.
The finished piece.