Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: classes, process

So we started our Great Lillstreet Throwdown class last night with a bit of inspiration…

Which revealed the chosen challenge for the evening… CHIP & DIP BOWLS!!!
And then I did a demo for my students… none of whom have ever made one before.
Perfect choice. Perfect challenge!!!

So I threw a sample one for them… discussing some of the factors & parameters to watch out for. Proportion, design, consistency, even wall thickness and making it look “as finished as possible” since this is basically a THROWING challenge, and not a finishing challenge!

And then I gave them 30 minutes to throw their own version of a chip & dip bowl
using six pounds of clay! On your mark, get set, GO!!!

And then with about eight minutes left, “Ry-Ry Joshblue” asked if they were allowed to use colored slip… of course I said YES< whatever it takes to make your chip & dip bowl look more “finished.”

Meanwhile, everyone else was still trying to finish up their chip & dips!!!

At the end of the thirty minutes, we had some pretty amazing results!!!
Keep in mind, my students had never throw a chip & dip before. Ever… until now!
And look at their amazing results!

And oh, but wait there’s more… none of my students brought some AMAZING COOKIES!!!
Yummy homemade chocolate chip cookies by “Clay Eagerman.”

Remember, my students now all have their “superhero” pseudonyms…
scroll back a few posts here on the blog to find all of their pictures and new names!!!
And then remember to VOTE for who you think is going to win The Great Lillstreet Throwdown as they’re earning points for every challenge & project along the way!

Cookies were so good… that we even had a little “Lady & The Tramp” moment over the chocolate chip cookies. Best part?… these two cuties don’t go together… each of their better-halves were right there watching this go down!!! And didn’t really care… as the cookies were THAT good!!!



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