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In this semester we spent a great deal of time on pottery and the making of clay sculptures I learned a great deal from only the three pieces I made All of my pieces were created by hand using only a pin-tool and a sponge The three pieces I made were an ashtray and two feet that I will be using for bookends I will now go into the process I used in creating each piece First I created my ashtray I decided to make this ashtray because it was a simple way to ease into pottery I first took a large slab of clay and rolled it out I used the three-eighth sticks to ensure that my clay would be thick enough for its eventual firing in the kiln I then took the pin-tool and traced a circle from a medium sized bowl I then took a smaller bowl and traced another circle inside the bigger one With the extra clay that was from the difference in size I made a rim for my ashtray I used the slip and score method to attach the rim and it worked quite well The ashtray was then left out to dry for a few days It was fired and I am in the process of glazing it My second and third piece were a pair of feet that I wanted to use for bookends for my DVD collection This idea came to me out the blue when I was playing with the clay and one piece began to resemble a foot In seeing this I began to mold it more and more when I eventually ended up with what looked like a small childs foot I then took another large chunk of clay and had to duplicate the shape that I had stumbled upon by accident I eventually was able to roll and press out a similar foot the other one I used a pin-tool
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