This Bourbon Bottle shows Matt Long's signature style with slip and soda flashing.

This Bourbon Bottle shows Matt Long's signature style with slip and soda flashing.

I know what you’re thinking; Sherman just wanted to run this video clip because he likes bourbon. Well, that may be a fact, but it’s not the only reason I find this clip interesting. It also happens to be informative and educational. And look at that slip texture! Watching Matt slip these bottles is like watching a tightrope walker—too much or too little just won’t work. And there’s a lot more where this came from on Matt’s full DVD Vessels for Victory: Line, Gesture and Movement. We all can use a little victory now and then. — Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

After the oval body of the pot is leather hard, it is centered on a plaster bat (you’ll see why later) and attached with lugs of clay.
To see how Matt makes the oval body of the pot, check out another clip that demonstrates Making a Hip Flask.
The top of the pot is marked where the neck will be attached by rotating the wheel and scoring with a needle tool. The hole is then cut with a fettling knife, scored with a needle tool and wet slightly.
A coil is added to the rim of the opening and is coiled up to form the neck of the bottle.



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Once the height of the neck is established, it is thrown to smooth it out and to integrate it visually witht he rest of the pot.
Because this bottle has a cap lid, a rib is used to push downward on the outside to establish a place for the cap to sit.
Very thick slip is applied to the outside of the pot in no particular pattern. The idea is to get it on as thick as possible.
Once the slip is on the pot, Matt drags his fingers or hand vertically through the slip to establish—you guessed it—line, gesture and movement. Notice the slip is very thick at the foot of the pot (this is why the plaster bat is important). After the slip at the foot is cleaned up to accentuate the slip pattern, it is left to set up. The plaster bat will absorb water from the slip and will release it without the need to cut the pot off the bat.
Check out the full description of the entire DVD
Matt Long Vessels for Victory: Line, Gesture and Movement
in the Ceramic Arts Daily bookstore.














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