I went bowling today.
Boy, it's been a while since I've been bowling and it took me a while to get back into the groove.
No, not bowling with a bowling ball silly!
Though it's been a while since I've done that too.
This kind of bowling:
I gotta say, bowls are not my favorite form to make.
I mean it's like the first thing you learn to do on the wheel and once I learned to do it, I sort of went off and started to do other things.
The thing is, I sort of never bothered to learn to make them correctly.
To the non ceramic folks, bowls are sort of well, just bowls.
To a ceramic person though, a bowl is a true test of ability and skill; I could often tell who made a bowl just by looking at it.
One thing I don't like about bowls is that you sort of waste a lot of clay for you have to trim the bottoms to create your foot:
That's about ten bowls worth of trimmings there on the wheel, and that's how a bowl looks after it's done.
Technically, there's a lot of things going on when you make a bowl.
There's all kinds of stuff like shape, size, and weight, stuff that the maker thinks of but the end user takes for granted.
Between yesterday and today I managed to make sixteen bowls and out of that, there's maybe like one that I'm really happy with.
So after all that, I still haven't recovered my Jedi bowl skilz.
Which is why making them can get sort of frustrating.
They look deceptively easy to make, but trust me, they aren't.
I figured I'd start off by making all sorts of bowls, round bowls and vee shaped bowls, big bowls and small bowls.
To no avail.
I still suck at it.
As they say though, practice makes perfect so maybe by the time I hit bowl thirty I might start to get a feel for what I'm doing.
If not, it's going to be a long week:
I usually sell em for around ten to fifteen dollars so if I make like a two hundred of them, I'll be all set to make that call to Italy and talk to the frame folks!
Somebody has to buy them first.
I forgot about that part.