How to Make a Textured Rope Ceramic Vase
Create a distinctive piece of pottery with a cotton or hemp rope pattern.
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Materials and Tools:
8-pound ball of clay
3- to 4-inch piece of cotton or hemp rope
haki or watercolor brush
bucket of water
1. Wedge an 8-pound ball of clay using the spiral technique, rolling it on the work surface in a circular fashion to remove the air and condition the clay.
3. Make the initial pulls, applying pressure from the outside against fingers on the inside to gain height.
4. Establish the form, including the lip.
5. Form the foot with care and attention to detail.
7. Roll a 3-inch-long piece of cotton or hemp rope along the exterior of the vase between the guidelines with your fingers. Note: Poly and nylon rope won't work, because the clay won't release.
9. Allow the vase to dry for two to three hours.
10. Impress vertical lines into the design in an alternating pattern, using a wooden straightedge.
12. Allow to dry three to four days to the bone-dry stage.
14. Apply celadon glaze to the interior of the vase for contrast with the exterior and ease in cleaning during practical use. Pour glaze into the vase and then out of the vase using a controlled rotation of the piece.
16. Unload the vase after a 24-hour cooling period.