Altered wheel thrown forms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joseph Michael Ferree (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: Wheel thrown forms can be made more interesting by altering them to produce convex and concave areas to create rhythmic movement. Not only does this movement occur on the outer surface of the forms, but on the inner surface as well. This movement is strengthened by the natural finger marks made during the throwing process. In order to create a coherent movement in these forms, a wide base is needed to support a certain amount of stress to be made on the clay. A narrow base form would probably collapse under much stress and the volume of the forms would be lost. Therefore, these forms all have wide bases. Some of the forms are lidded structures whose lids must be thrown special way to obtain a coherency in the forms. The bottom section of these forms are so altered, in shape that it is difficult to make i perfectly round lid that will conform to the bottom section. The lids are thrown in the shape of a bottle with a narrow neck which fits down into the mouth of the bottom section. The base of the bottle overlaps the lip of the bottom section. The placing of the lid on the bottom section Is done while the lid is still somewhat wet, in order that it will conform to the bottom section. Interesting lines and textures develop on the lid during this procedure and are carefully worked into the total design of the form. Negative areas are left open in some lids giving one the sensation of being pulled into the negative space of these forms. It is intended that this creates a desire to take the lid off and to see and feel the rhythmic flew of the form inside.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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