Over the past 30 years, I have been collecting pottery, but with a specific plan. My husband and I have always enjoyed art shows and festivals, and our budget was small. So each show we would go to, we would find the potter whose work we enjoyed the most. Then we would choose the most affordable pieces and ask the potter to pick which one was the most interesting to make or for some reason was a personal favorite. I learned a lot by listening to their stories and ideas, but we also have some lovely pieces from people who have become recognized. Now that I am learning to make my own, I really appreciate the potters who shared their knowledge, skill and creativity.
I have a few questions. If you use sheetrock to draw moisture out of the clay and keep from warping, doesn't the sheetrock, (I used cement board) paper cover get soaked and tear?
Also, if I am making flat bottom trays with short sides, how should those be dried to prevent warping? Is the secret in how or how long the slabs are compressed or how long they "sit" before they are assembled into trays?
When using sheetrock to dry tiles, how do you dry impressed or raised surfaces? Doesn't the weight of sheetrock flatten patterns or doesn't the pattern prevent the sheetrock from evenly pressing on the drying clay?
I am home now. Tis was a dark clay with a porcelain slip applied. Then drawn using a porcupine quill. It is a street scene outside the studio in the old medieval part of Vallauris, France.
AIR Vallauris is where I did a residency last October. It worked when I clicked on it. Let me know if it is working. Got home last night from the Tuscany Tour III. It was really a great group. Nice people. All went smoothly except for some twisted ankles. So much to see looking up, people walked off curbs.