Monday, April 27, 2009

How To Make A Chawan

Not a whole lot to say in this post but this is step one in how I make my chawans (teabowls). I start by wedging up about 3-1/2 pounds of clay. Once that is completed I pound and shape it into a nice round disk approximately 5 inches wide by 3-3/4 inches tall. I also gently roll the clay disk on its' side, on my canvas covered board, to get a nice round form for the exterior of the teabowl. I also have another piece of clay ready to carve covered up in the plastic once I complete this bowl.


Linda Starr said...

Oh boy, I am truly looking forward to this instruction. I have been pinching bowls and when I saw you had previously written that you carve the chawan, I was curious. thanx.

Tulaeosa said...

I have been making a cylinder (hollow in the middle) then I carve it. Looking forward to seeing what tools used to dig out middle and where do you get clay that is course enough? Do you add grog? Thanks, Tularosa