My pottery creations on and off the wheel.

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Making shapes and templates for piercing.

Playing around with shapes and making templates for piercing the new bowls. I try to make the hole patterns echo the curve of the bowls’ rim but not be exactly the same because i think that adds something.First, I start with a rough drawing on paper, fold and cut to get some symmetry and make sure I like the way it looks, then make a template out of clear plastic. This lets me place and group the holes in a way that suits the pot.

The first cut always looks a bit rough but as the clay begins to shrink and harden that’s when i can spend the time refining and smoothing them.

Paper templates from drawings then cut into plastic with a scalpel.

Paper templates from drawings which i then cut into plastic with a scalpel.


Arranged and drawn onto the pot before piercing.