#ilexstudio aims to bring you closer to nature with the launch of their second design, the @avocado_vase. along with their first product, the @acornvase, both #vases feature minimalist silhouettes with spherical bottoms that let you witness the process of the seeds sprouting during their first stages of life. 🌱 designmilk.com
Cylindrical vases, fired, turned and drawn. made using an iron rich stoneware clay body that’s reduction fired with a variety of feldspathic glazes. these forms are deceptively difficult to throw despite their simple shape due to how narrow they are, below are notes about how i make these.
for these i often use a throwing stick. i insert this down inside and push the clay up against it. this drastically increases the height if done well but you must be careful that you don’t make the lower parts of the walls too thin as the p*t simply wont be able to support itself. this means that to some degree, even if it’s by a tiny amount, the lower sections of the p*t will remain a little thicker like the support clay you might leave on an overhanging bowl.
because of this and the fact that you want to have an interior shape where the walls meet the base at approximately 90 degrees, i flare out the lowest section of the p*t beyond the middle and top. this allows you to trim away the excess and achieve totally even walls as opposed to having interior walls tapering inward at the base, leaving you with a mass of clay you simply can’t remove as doing so would mean your cylinder has to turned far too much at the bottom and changing it’s shape entirely. it’s complicated to explain and to film too as everything is happening right at the bottom of the vase where a camera can’t see. i’ve drawn a little diagram that hopefully explains this more clearly as the last image of todays post.
the more you pull the weaker the clay becomes and if you are collaring in thin walls they’ll likely buckle and twist. it isn’t so much to do with the size of your hands, as this shape is too narrow for any adults hand to fit all the way down inside. therefore, for the first three pulls i let the vase flair out towards the top, so i have access to the stores of clay in the base of the walls and once that’s mostly pulled towards the middle and top part of the vase i’ll collar the top in, before flaring out the base like previously mentioned and cleaning off the outside.