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A Little Summer Project – Extruded Tumblers June 23, 2009

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Extruded earthenware tumblers, waiting for decoration

Extruded earthenware tumblers, waiting for decoration

Tumblers, mugs, and tea cups are a great way of experimenting with new techniques and glazes. They are easy to make in quantities without serious commitment to one particular technique or spending too much time on one piece. And it is easy to adjust and refine them as you progress from one to the next until you are completely satisfied with the finished product. They are also great for the beginner who is trying to define his style or just practice working with clay.

I made a few tumblers from red earthenware using an extruder. Extruders are great (except for the cleaning part) but depending on the volume of the barrel and the diameter and thickness of the extruded shape, they will limit the number of pieces you can make in one batch (unless you are willing to reload). I extruded the cylinders using the hollow dye (~3” diameter), cut them in equal pieces of ~4.5” tall and joined at the bottoms with the round slabs, reinforcing the seams with thin coils and smoothing. The cylinders come out of the extruder looking a little sloppy for my taste, so after I attached the bottoms, I compressed the walls with a wooden spoon and then altered the shape slightly, stretching the cups from inside out, to give them an organic look.

I let them dry completely and then smoothed all surfaces with a scrubby. And here they are, waiting for the most exciting part – decoration.


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