When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
Curiosity is one of the driving forces that makes working with clay so interesting and entertaining. We basically enjoy poking, prodding, throwing, altering, glazing and decorating clay according to a plan, but our enthusiasm builds as we find new ways to create by simply asking “what if?” or “I wonder?” These are the questions that lead us down new paths of discovery.
One of the interesting things about curiosity is that it makes us interested in a broad range of information about clay. We enjoy looking at all kinds of ceramics from sculptures to mugs, as well as all types of techniques whether we intend to use them right away or not. It’s the joy of learning that keeps us going, and just see if you’re curious about any of the following:
What can you add to clay to add texture or color?
How far can you extend a flared rim without it collapsing?
How do you get fine black lines for a decoration?
What happens when you brush color on molds?
Have you wondered what causes a glaze to craze?
Have you ever used clay instead of paper for sketching?
How do you make a sauerkraut jar and sauerkraut?
Ever thought of making a tulipiere?
The list could go on, but each of these questions is answered in this issue. —Bill Jones, Editor