Later this month, Chad and I will be in an art show called the Bloomin’ Festival, a yearly spring show held at a local prep school campus. Since the show is named Bloomin’ Festival, we figured it would be a logical decision to stock up on more of our flower pots for the occasion.
With Chad busily throwing on the wheel, I was actually able to obtain a few pictures of him in his work space (or natural habitat, as I like to call it). Of course, he claimed that my camera flash was making him nervous, but he nevertheless allowed my intrusion.
Thus, we have the step-by-step process of creating a flower pot…
1. All of Chad’s pieces start off as big ole’ chunks of clay fresh from the pug mill (a machine that helps get rid of those pesky air pockets).
2. His next step is to throw the drainage plates for the flower pots.
Throwing on the wheel
3. He then throws each flower pot, making sure to add a rim at the top and a drainage hole at the bottom.
A completed pot
4. The last step is to add a face to each pot. Once that’s done, they can be dried, fired, glazed, and fired again.
A finished planter
A finished planter, bottom view