These early experimental pieces have been inspired by the bobbin on a sewing machine, taking the idea of the thread being wound round the bobbin and applying this to clay using wool.
These pieces have just had one bisque firing so far. A further glaze firing will be next.
On this piece below I dipped the wool in oxide before winding it round the form and added some sgraffito marks, to reference the thread being wound round the bobbin. You can just see a trace of the wool under the cream slip if you look carefully! Once the piece has been fired the wool will burn out leaving a trace of thread around the form.
These pieces were then covered in a transparent honey glaze, similar to that used on traditional North Devon slipware and to the honey glaze used on the two harvest jugs I decorated below.