Monday, April 07, 2008

Pardon My Extrusion

I have another hobby, that I don't do nearly as often as quilting. It's pottery. I took up pottery after carpal tunnel surgery about 5 or 6 years ago. I was hoping it would be physical therapy for my hand. And it was something for DH and I to do together at the time our daughter and son-in-law were living with us. DH took to it extremely well, and now we have a home studio, with all the necessary tools and appliances.

I've learned, over the years, that I'm a process person, meaning the process of making something is more enjoyable for me than the finished product. (It was very helpful to learn that about myself. Explains a lot of things.) Anyway, I also like immediate gratification when working on something. So pottery takes some work for me. I don't have a lot of patience for certain stages of it, and for the fact that it just takes TIME. So, I don't do too much of it. I have to be in the mood, so to speak.

Anyway, we had a pottery session a while ago, and did a bunch of extrusions. It's better to do a whole bunch at one time before you have to clean the extruder! We got this bunch of extrusions out of the kiln right before I went to California, so hadn't had a lot of time to fondle the pottery when it was done (a very important part of the process!). Anyway, I thought I would share some of my latest pottery. It's not great art, or even great pottery, but it was fun. Most of it isn't for sale, as I don't think it's that good. Or, in some cases, it was too much work to sell it for next-to-nothing! DH sells most of his pottery, which is much better than mine.

The top piece was an attempt at adding a dart, like in sewing clothes, to make the opening smaller, so that the flowers don't all fall to one side. Then a funky vase. Next is a small box. I have an affinity for little boxes. I always seem to be making little boxes in pottery. And this last piece was compulsion-in-action! I couldn't stop with the little dots! This piece is actually 2-sided. And that piece of clay across the top is to, hopefully, help the flowers stand up straighter. We'll see about that, I guess.

Back to quilting!


  1. Hey, thanks for dropping by MY site - here YOU are, woo hooo, clay, food, cats, BASKET quilts-- all of our favorite things, and your photos of the snowy neighborhood look like one of those James Kincaid pictures. Well done!

    I'll be back.

  2. You amaze me. Not only do you do wonderful quilts, but wonderful pottery as well. If I did pottery, I doubt that I could part with any piece. Only if it was made as a gift, then, maybe I could part with it. Yours is great, Sharon. It is creative, too. Looks like you had lots of fun making it as well. Great job.

  3. I really like the last 2 pieces of pottery. I love pottery but don't like messy hands so I don't think I will ever do it.


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