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© Copyright 2015, Paul M. Chenoweth, Nashville, TN USA. All rights reserved.

Figurative Tornado Planter (W.I.P.)


I threw the three parts to this last night and did the trimming and assembly this morning. Adding the stem and tilting the container slightly off-axis reinforces the tornado theme. And based upon suggestion from CAC forum friends, I added small hand-built house parts to the side of the funnel shape. 'Still some work to do and some decisions to make about slips and underglaze, but I'm liking the direction this is headed.


This will take some off-and-on work to get it ready for bisque firing...and with the assembly and the added house parts this one will set on the slow-dry shelf for a week before I'm brave enough to put it in the kiln.



  • 18" tall stoneware
  • Wheel-thrown bowl, stem, and vessel...assembled while quite damp/pliable
  • Handbuit house forms, sliced on the oblique and attached using traditional score/slip joining technique
  • Some additional accent detail and texture added after basic assembly was complete.


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It is sooooo funny, it actually needs a warning.


There are more than one spewed coffee and stained computer screen.

     Its genius and cruel to the unexpected at the same


     Bring on the cows and chickens.


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is the yellow heat gun atached???

Great, what plant do you envisage flying out of hte top?

The curly cord is actually the air hose connected to a brad nailer...and no, it isn't attached (but it does look like it, lol).


I'm thinking some sort of twisted/curly plant like Juncus (Corkscrew Rush - Twisted Arrows, Juncus effusus f. spiralis) or maybe a small leafed plant like Wilson Ivy (Hedera helix 'Wilsonii')

 around the edge with something flowering/tall in the middle..Geraniums?  I haven't decided yet.


Do you have a suggestion?

This thing isn't out of the woods yet...'probably another week of slow drying.

Thanks for the note, Babs!,


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