Slip sliding away.

A day of decorating was on my agenda for this feisty friday. I attacked my new cups / handled dishes with the rule that no two were to have the same decoration and that I wouldn’t allow myself to use exactly a pattern that I already use.

So here they are.

I think this one above is my favourite.

Maybe this is why they call it slip!

I’ve been gradually decorating these plates for the last few weeks, slowly slowly a bit more sgraffito every now and again which is not at all how I usually work. They are both a little mad and a little different. It’s fun to do some very random things every now and again.

In The Netherlands we saw some pots that had very very fluid writing, so fast that you could barely read it. I quite fancy the idea of writing something maybe on the back of a plate about what the day’s been like, you know something along the lines of “oh what a nightmare, everything has gone wrong today, roll on bed time” or “happy sunny day, what fun to make pots”. We shall see, but anyway the last of the handled cups / bowls got a bit of fast lettering. Fun fun.

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9 Responses to Slip sliding away.

  1. Hi Hannah-I don’t know if you mostly use the tool next to the plate for your carving, but I have a tool that works really well. You might already have it. I’ll post a picture of it on my blog so you can see it. I guess it’s a form of a very tiny loop tool.

  2. Hannah says:

    Hi Deborah, no i just use that tool for putting holes in the foot ring (the pointy end that is) I tend to draw the sgraffito with just a sharpened wooden skewer and i cut the slip away with a loop of wire on a handle tool which I’ve no idea of the name for.

  3. doug fitch says:

    Lovely. I like the second one best I think, but they’re all lovely.

  4. Ron says:

    Hey I’m liking the sgraffito. The cups look nice and slippy. Fun wording on the last one. I finally got around to deco-ing that tall jar tonight. No giraffe. I sketched out a tree but it looked too ‘normal’ so I went with the old standby flying birds. Gotta work on my trees.

  5. jbf says:

    I like those little square pots even more now that they’re slipped and decorated. It’s all wonderful work.

  6. Big Al says:

    Great pots. Those squares are neat. The plates…can’t wait to see them fired!Your slip sliding down reminded me of lyrics: “you’re no nearer your destination the more you slip slide away”. Paul Simon, I think.

  7. paul jessop says:

    Hanna, how ever many times I see your freshly slipped pots I am still amazed that you do all the decoration while the slip is still so wet. is that just because thats how its always been done ?

  8. Hannah says:

    Hi Paul, I just decorate as soon as I’ve dipped the pot, I only dip them one at a time so they don’t get much chance to dry out before I attack them. That little bird that has slip slided away down the pot was just a bit too wet. The pot itself was still quite wet and was too squashy still to shake it properly, hence there is a big pool of slip there. Well you know what it’s like, I’m in a panice trying to get things finished. No time to waste!

  9. barbjensen says:

    These are so great! I love your process photos. Your favorite is also my favorite.

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