Thursday, March 05, 2015

Heat Gun and Lids

 With all the pottery making I've been doing lately, I had forgotten all about the heat gun I have stored in my studio closet. I pulled it out today because I'm practicing making lids.  I can quickly dry the lip and lid to fit them together using that heat gun.

The idea is to make lids until I can make them easily. Every so often I practice but I never actually get better at it ... but someday if I keep practicing, maybe whatever switch that needs to switch on in my head will switch on ... I like to watch pottery videos of how to make lids ...some people throw them on the wheel. Others swear by handbuilding. Some use a mixture of both.

Me? I've failed more times than I can count, and even when I get a lid to fit, it doesn't fit the style of the pot, usually.

I threw this cup and then threw the lid. I used the calipers.  I used the heat gun.  I fitted one on the other.  I put the lid on top of another container and swelled out the top with my fingertip. I used the heat gun again.  I put it on top of the cup.

I intensely disliked the result.

I messed with it some more (added a handle) and thought, "PRONGS" ... gonna try prongs.

I still intensely dislike the result.   I got to looking at it, and decided that maybe I could put little round balls on the ends like is on some jewelry prongs, so I came up with ......

 ....... this ....

I strengthened the joints with coils of clay and while this is somewhat strange, I don't dislike it as strongly as the previous.

This is my jumping off point ... I will continue to think about this particular idea and see what it evolves into.

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