woven pottery baskets
This is a hand building project
To start this project you must have ( 1) soft clay (2) time, (don't start this pot if you can't finish it now) (3) a spray bottle with water (4)a half cup of slip,( clay that you have watered down to a creamy mix) (4) a basket or tray with small sides as a mold. Next if you have an extruder this will save some time. If not roll out your clay and cut stripes, the width can be half inch (this is up to you try different sizes with a little clay to see what you like) the length should be about 2 inches longer then the mold you are using.( this does not need to be exact you will be trimming it later ) place the strips on plastic not touching each other. Now take some of strips and place them all one way down the mold draped over both sides, once this is done lift every other strip and fold it gently back. Now going the other way place another strip( also draping it over both sides) under the folded strips and over the non folded strips.Then bring the folded strips back. Now take the other strips (the ones that you didn't fold back before) and fold them gently back. place your second strip down under the fold strips and over the non folded. Continue this till the mold is full.
Next step in woven basket
Each time you fold back the clay look for any cracks. Fill with the slip smooth out with a sponge or paint brush and continue. If your clay is soft you shouldn't have to many cracks. If the stripes brake off add slip the push it back on. Remember to keep the strips soft you can spray water but not much because if the clay is to soft you will cause it to brake.
The lesson here is to learn how to keep the clay soft enough to weave and strong enough not to brake.
Next trim all around just above the sides. With the stripes you have left drape the edge of your mold. The side strips are then (with slip) pushed into the edge of the strips that you placed around the top of the mold. Fill in any seams with slip. Now look it over and shape it the way you like. this part is up to you. Remember the clay is soft now later it WILL brake if you try to shape it.
After about 2 days carefully place one hand (open palm ) inside, turn pot over take off mold and turn back over and place on flat surface let dry another few days. check inside and out for cracks fill with slip. When dry it is ready to fire and glaze
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