Making round forms on the wheel with a pinching technique starts with a rolled out slab. Some artists roll coils, but I prefer to cut the clay on a bevel, so that each joint is really strong. I use a small roller to make the slabs uniformly thick.And pinch each layer on as the wheel turns slowly. I keep adding layers, drawing into the surface of the clay with my fingers, and sometimes with tools. The walls of these vessels can be made quite thin, and by building on prior layers that have hardened, I can make tall and very light structures.
While it's possible to create a really smooth, perfect surface, I'm really attracted to just leaving the surface the way I have spontaneously marked it. I like the way it marks time both horizontally and vertically.
"Where #1," ceramic, fractured glass, small letters, 72 x 16 x 16," 2007.