While doing some freelance work up in snowy Toronto this past January, my friend and colleague, artist Kelly Houghton, and I took a ceramics class at the Gardiner Museum.
Finger relief vessels that I made. Photo by K. Houghton.
Working with clay. Photo by K. Houghton.
Kelly and her textured vase.
Close-up of Kelly's work. Photo by K. Houghton.
And here are my cups after the clay was fired:
I wanted the vessel to be sort of an extension of the hand when held. I was going to mold a lip print into the edge of the vessel but I didn't get the effect I was looking for, so nixed that. I like how the finished work gives the illusion of being soft and squished when held with my fingers in their relief cavities.
I think this class might have been the first time I've worked with clay, at least from what I can recall (perhaps in art school although no memory of it stands out). I enjoyed it immensely; I especially got lost in smoothing the clay, an act which lulled me even more than drawing repetitive lines.