Decided to try something new regarding construction of hanaire (flower vases).
Normally do the coil and paddle which makes light, soft looking ware. Saw some of the old Ko-Iga work and have tried to reproduce w/coil and paddle, but it just doesn’t have the dramatic feel of the Iga ware.
So, I decided to try throwing thickly on the wheel in parts, and assembling, which is actually something I saw demonstrated in a magazine recently by a contemporary Iga potter. I always thought from the pictures that the Iga ware looked really heavy. I also thought that it must not really be so, just appearing that way. I couldn’t have been more wrong. When you make these vases from thrown parts or slabs, what you end up with is a serious chunk of clay, really heavy. In retrospect, it stands to reason, since the Iga ware is fired at high temp for many days, if the ware was thin and light, it would collapse during firing. It needs to be heavy just to survive the kiln.
One advantage to the heaviness is that you can do flower arranging with heavier objects without having to fear that the vase will topple over.
Pictured below, bodies and mouthparts in foreground, bases in the background.