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Ceramics! by SpongeMuffin Ceramics! by SpongeMuffin
You might have noticed I don't post many drawings anymore.  Why? Because I've found a new creative outlet. Pottery!  These are just some of my more favorite bowls from this year.  I still have a long way to go, but I'm finally starting to be proud of what I make.

Drinking out of the mug as I type :P
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Vexarus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those look lovely - keep up the good work! X3 ! Happy to hear you've found a new outlet, we all need to switch up the routine now and again!
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lynn-4-pkmn Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Wonderful start! I am a ceramics major within my art school. It is a lot of fun and I wish more people knew about it! Congrats to you!
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MurkyVisions Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, they are lovely! My favourite are the 2nd and the 6th one (if you count from left to right and top to bottom)! Yay for handmade pottery! :w00t:
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Strange-Cup-of-Tea Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hnng ceramics are like porn you can eat out of, I don't even know. o_o *grabby hands* Gawd, the mottling in the top middle bowl is gorgeous, and the shape of the one beside it is...also gorgeous. I am out of adjectives.
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I knooow I love that bowl! I'm gonna use that glaze so much more often now that I know what it can do.
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LaBrazia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
These are beautiful :)
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MiahTheStormWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I used to have a really nice bowl-thing. It was like a large dish, but there was a little one attached to it. I had been using it as a combined food/water dish for my rabbit, but she broke it. I've been looking for a replacement ever since. I don't suppose it's in your or anyone here's skill level to make one?
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Was it like a big bowl with a little bowl attached in the center or two bowls side by side or?

But yeah, wouldn't be hard!
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MiahTheStormWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
two side-by-side. And painted sage green.
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
That's cute :D  Yeah that's easy to do.
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VoraceAiles Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   General Artist
That is really good OAO
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Crawfordd Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wish I could do some cool pottery. ;w;
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Neonyal Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the green ones! And the brown bowls are pretty as well *o*
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Kittycara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Did you make any of these on a pottery wheel?  We didn't get to do that in my ceramics class and I was really sad. :,C
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Yep, all of them were made on the wheel  83
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laz89 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Pottery is an awesome art form it's a shame not more people are in to it love the bowl to the right of the mug
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DoctorxJack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D These are wonderful! I enjoy them very much. Lovely form and glaze. Looks like the middle bottom bowl has a running glaze on it. Stiffen it up with kaolin, or have the professor/instructor stiffen it up with kaolin. It will help. Or if you don't want to be bothered with kaolin, just had ridged texture and it will help.
Keep up the great work! Hope to see more pottery work from you!
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Yeah, that glaze is crazy runny. It's my favorite but it always runs so thin and it makes me grumpy I can't use it more often ><  I mentioned it to the teacher but she doesn't plan on fixing it until that glaze bucket is used up.
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DoctorxJack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand. If you have about a peanut butter sized jar laying around, you could do some tests with the glaze yourself. If you had access to the Kaolin, or wanted to dabble in the dark side of Pottery. 
Its a pain in the ass, and some times takes too long to figure out how much you need. Glazing is the bane of my existence, and I hate straying from my set formulas. 
 But if you don't mind it running, since the fluidity of the glaze looks nice as is, I would just go with a wider foot and trimmed ridges towards the bottom.  Helps with dexterity, and develops skill like no other. 
Another method you could use, is a stiffer glaze under it and layer it (carefully) or don't bring the glaze all the way down the clay body. 
Just have fun and experiment with glaze! You're doing great and I bet you'll be throwing tall sooner than later. You've got a nice natural talent for pottery. Lovely handles and lovely round forms. Keep up the great work!
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I'll give that a try :D It's a cone 5 glaze so I haven't been making much cone 5 stuff lately, but I'll see if I can get out a special bowl to see if it helps the glaze any.

Aaahhhh throwing tall. I've been working on that all semester.  The mug was my first successfully tall thing (of course it shrunk though so bleh) and I got one other thing to go a bit higher, though it's slightly uneven. 


Thanks!
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DoctorxJack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! :D
Tall is hard, it took me a while to get it. If you have a rubber rib or a straight rib ( not metal) use that to help pull up and smooth the vessel. Sponge works as well, but leaves behind marks. Just takes time and effort. You'll get there, no problem. If you can get a round mug, then you can go far. :D Keep on going! You'll get there, no worries.:krissicheer: :hurray:   
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Ooh, a rib will help?  I'll give it a try!  I don't think I've touched my wooden rib yet (I'm just now figuring out that a metal rib=holy smooth walls, batman)

Daww thanks <3
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DoctorxJack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol Yeah, a rubber rib helps a lot if you need a break, but need to keep going. Wooden ribs I find are useful at the end when you want the bottom trimmed up or need to cut away clay on the batt. I like plaster batts over plastic. Dries far better on a plaster.
Metal Ribs are great, like you said, for smooth walls. God, baby skin smooth walls. I love smooth walls. Damn sexy. (coughs)...
I wouldn't bother too much with wooden...I don't use it much I find. I just stick with super basics. Rib, sponge, needle tool, and my trimming tools. (Varies as needed on trimming tools). But to each their own. I've seen potters throw with sticks. I don't know how. That secret is in a deep black book under a rock some where.
Oh! Water...always use cold. Never warm. Warm water breaks the clay body down faster, and expands the clay body on the wheel faster.
Cold water keeps the clay stiffer longer, and doesn't expand it as fast and you can go further with cold water on your wheel. Room temp water is fine. 
If you have heavy grog (the horrible hard bits in clay) and its tearing up your hands, ribs help with this problem too when you throw. If you need to, find a suede or flexible leather strip to put between you and the clay body. Grog is nice, just not in throwing.  
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Oh really?  I've been using my metal rib for that, but it sounds like a wooden tool might be better. I'm still trying to stop leaving so much extra clay at the bottom. Sometimes I catch myself, but sometimes don't.

Needle tools are the death of me. I always try to use one to neatly trim the top of my bowl and suddenly I've cut off half the bowl without trying.  SPonges though, they're my favorite tool.

Oh really?  I've never used warm, just cold, but that's interesting to know.  I'll make sure the hot water is never on when I grab some water!
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Vespayik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang dude, these are beautiful!
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Thanks X3
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govener-fink Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh~ These pieces are really good. I did ceramics back in high school so I know how fun it can be.

The bowl on the bottom left and the pitcher on the bottom right really are my favorite. I'm glad your feeling proud again for your work, as you very well should be as they are quite fabulous.
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Thanks X3
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govener-fink Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome uvu
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, they are very pretty 8D  LOVE the bowl on the middle-right - me being morbid, the red makes me think of bloodstains (which is awesome IMHO).  The colours of them all look really striking, the top and bottom middle bowls especially.
Very useful outlet I'd imagine, you get dishes out of it! :XD:
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Well, now that's all I can see!  Oh dear.
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
S-sorry! ;_;  I'm a creeper. D:
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
A good creeper <3
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Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student
I like that pearled green, and the cyan/magenta colors of the middle bottom one look cool too. And the pot on the bottom left has a really even shape that looks nice. :)
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Thanks  8D
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Gabrielsknife Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! These look really good ^_^ . 
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