Sunday, May 23, 2010
Learning New Clay Stuff
The Qumran jars, in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were stored for nearly 2000 years, fascinate me. They are huge jars - about 2.5' tall, and the opening in the top is larger than the bottom circumference. I originally thought they were coil built, but after looking at several more photographs, I think I can see throwing marks on the jars.
I can't throw for beans, so I'm making a series of jars inspired by the Qumran jars using coils. This is the not completed jar. I need to add a neck and then a lid that fits tightly over the neck. Think petrie jar for the lid.
The first jar I made is not good - but it's the first one and I'm keeping it. This is the second. I'd like to make several of them. I'm thinking about leaving the outside unglazed and glazing the inside. I'm using a clay called Anasasi and it's for ^6. I like the color of the clay in reduction. This will be my summer clay class project.