Small bowls!

In January, I joined a group on facebook for people who like to use the technique called foldforming (which I will describe next week).  The group moderator threw out the idea of a monthly challenge (and you know how much I like those); and for our first one we were supposed to make something that would be useful in the house.

I had been thinking, at the end of last year, that I would like to make some bowls this year.  I did learn in school how to make bowls using the traditional techniques of sinking and raising.  Unfortunately, those techniques are just too hard on my arm and lead to tendonitis.  So, this is where the creativity come in.  How do you make a bowl without having to do hours, and hours, and hours, of hammering.

I had been thinking foldforming would be one way, so this challenge was the perfect call to action!  Here are my first two foldformed bowls – nicely enameled, of course….

bowls 2

The one on the left is about 3 cm high with a 7 cm opening.  The one on the right, is about 2.5 cm high, with a 8 cm opening.
The one on the left is about 3 cm high with a 7 cm opening. The one on the right, is about 2.5 cm high, with a 8 cm opening.
This bowl was dipped in liquid enamel and then I sifted layers of melon and opalescent white.  The outside has dove gray sifted on.  I may have mentioned previously that the yellow enamels and I don't always get along, but I really like how this turned out!
This bowl was dipped in liquid enamel and then I sifted layers of melon and opalescent white. The outside has dove gray sifted on. I may have mentioned previously that the yellow enamels and I don’t always get along, but I really like how this turned out!
This bowl was dipped in liquid enamel and then layers of harvest blue and marigold were sifted on.  I used blue black on the outside.  Scott thought this one has a raku feel to it.
This bowl was dipped in liquid enamel and then layers of harvest blue and marigold were sifted on. I used blue black on the outside. Scott thought this one has a raku look to it.

Now, obviously, you’re not going to use these to hold your grapes!  However, if you are anything like me you always seem to have small things that accumulate around the house – those extra buttons, paper clips, media cards….  Actually, if you are really like me you would fill them with rocks and shells!

I’m quite happy with my foray into bowl making – and yay! for the challenge that spurred this on!

By the way, Scott took all these fab photos!
By the way, Scott took all these fab photos!

Hope you’re not snowed under…

Valerie

 

 

 

 

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