Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Then it happened. While the whistle-makers were engrossed in their work, a student started making a large hollow bank by draping clay into 2 large wooden salad bowls (not the bowls you eat the salad out of, the ones you SERVE the salad from). It was a huge bank. The whistle-makers got one look at this bank and knew instantly that their NEXT whistle would be a world record-winner.
Testing the fipple and hoping for a sound
It wasn’t easy, of course. It took persistence, daring, physics and the willingness to get clay on your lips. In fact, it took a team of experts to collaboratively produce not one, but TWO giant clay whistles with two distinct sounds.
If anyone knows of a clay-whistle band in need of a couple of bass whistles, let us know…
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sometimes, artists need specialized tools to bring their ideas and intentions to life. The 5th grader in the above picture is glazing a bowl (that he made on the potter's wheel) in a very specific way: he was intent on applying black glaze so it would drip down the inside edge in thin lines, and STOP when the lines reached the floor of the pot.
"H" made several false starts with brush and drip methods and determined that he needed a straw to blow the glaze in the direction he wanted, for the duration that was needed. Voila! A new glaze tool and glazing technique is born!
This video shows the "eye" pot being thrown on the potter's wheel.