I am inspired by creative people. I love finding one of these gems. The best ones go about their day, working their completely unrelated job, itching to get home so that they can dabble. If you are a creative person, you will know, it’s just so important to find time to unleash this need. Whether it makes you money, or costs you money, it’s benefits are rewarding.
My mother, Julia, is one of those gems.
She has recently reignited her passion for the wheel.
These creative tendencies are often very private and quiet, almost meditative for the artist. However, with their cover blown, they are often very animated and expressive when sharing their passion with a fellow dabbler of art. These people are often extremely humble and modest, and are wonderful people to know and to be around.
My mother shared with me her talent. Making a bowl on a potters wheel from clay.
The clay is placed in the centre of the bat
The wheel spins slowly while she gets the clay into position, and creates a cone like shape. She presses down in the centre with her thumbs to form a well.
She slowly brings the clay out and up to form desired bowl size and thickness
Water is keep nearby to keep her hands and the bowl damp.
Using a wire she trims and evens the edge of the bowl, which is removed.
She gently pinched the bowls edge to form a tidy rounded lip
She runs a damp sponge along the inside and the outside of the spinning bowl to get a smooth finish
With the wheel stopped, she runs a wire underneath the bowl to remove it from the bat
She leaves the bowl over night to dry a little.
Then she places it upside down on the wheel to trim the and shape the outside of the bowl and its base.
The clay is put into a kiln twice. It is first biscuit fired at 800 C, then a glaze is applied and it is baked again, at over 1000 C.
Julia is a member of the local pottery club where she has access to a kiln, glazing and most importantly, other amazing creative potters!
She works from her studio in Whangapoua. Her bowls can be found at Luke’s Kitchen in Kuaotunu, on the Coromandel Pennisula and via her website juliapots.