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.
Here are the guinomi after trimming. With this clay, they are trimmed quite soft on a banding wheel to bring out the ‘flavor’ of the clay. Both guinomi forms were made the same way.
Anyone can do this type of construction, not difficult at all, doesn’t require fancy tools (you can do it easily enough on a banding wheel), and it can be used for stuff small to large. It also shows that pinch pots can be other than thick, heavy, and lumpy. I make tokkuri the same way, but just add a few coils at the end to form the neck. The chawan shown were made from a 400g ball to start. I’ll show the trimmed cups in the next post.
I compress the rim with a chamois, and give one light pull with no water, using my fingernails rather than fingertips (this step can be skipped if you’re using regular plastic clay). Oops, see last pic in previous post below for the rim compress step.
I shape the rim, then brush some water on the inside and outside, and quickly give a single pull to shape the cup. I use a gyubera on the inside for this step. That’s it, done. Cut off the wheel and trim.
The other day I made some guinomi and took some pics so folks can see how it’s done. I start with a ball, about 150g. Once it’s centered on the kickwheel, I start putting my open it up with my thumb by pinching. This clay is really non plastic so starts cracking at the rim right away.
I keep pinching and rotating slowly until the cup is as high as I want it.
Perhaps now would be a good time to compress the rim…