Ant Stamps: Wheel Throwing Inspiration
The first of the ceramic techniques we want to introduce is wheel-throwing. Wheel-thrown vessels can be finished by hand-building processes.
Altering and hand-building can have either functional or decorative purposes. An example of the functional one is a handle.
An example of decorative is our "ants" described here.
The decoration is achieved partially by coiling and partially by stamping. Apply vertically a coil of the same clay you used to make the vessel and half smooth back to the surface.
If done precisely and with care, you will achieve the look of the second layer of clay on the container that seems to be unfinished and sort of "cracked". We recommend applying it on all parts of the container as it will appear believable as an existing second layer.
We can already anticipate our future vision of the container and create a partition between the individual surfaces, which we can further separate during glazing. That will add final dynamics to the container.
For example, ants can crawl through the outside and the inside layers of the container.
When we use the same motive for different types of containers, it can act as a unifying element.
The same goes for individual parts of containers that consist of several parts, which helps with their orientation.
Or it can form only a solitary detail.
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