Last week was one of those weeks when things just wanted to be difficult and the clay would not do what I ask it!
I wanted to be having a play with my new porcelain but I noticed this fantastic plant we have at the front of the house was loosing it leaves and they are the most fantastic shape I thought I better use them before they disappear so I made these cute bowls.
Great shape aren't they but because of this great shape they are quite tricky to make...with the leaflet bits (lets call them that) cutting down so far into the main centre of the leaf, cracks appear very easily along this line and even once this is over come with special wizardry, I have discovered that through the drying process probably 80% of those made develop a horrible crack in the dead centre/base part (where the stem would be). I can think of a few things I can do and change to over come these obstacles but my question is (and this where you guys come in) should I bother?
I make these leaf bowls already.
They're smaller and use leaves that are only around in the warmer months (so I can't make that many) but these guys behave themselves and look nice and I don't have to faff about too much to keep them in one piece.But what do you think? Should I try to master the tricky leaves or just stick to the simpler one? Oh and if you were to buy one which one would you prefer?