So I finally got studio space about a year ago, two years after graduation. I feel I have remembered how to throw now (thanks to my treasure, the Shimpo RK3D).
One of the nicer clays I have been working with is the Scarva Flecked Stoneware. If you want to throw thin, that’s the one to do it. It seems to want to BE thin and I found it tricky at times to throw thickly enough for something as weighty as a yarn bowl like this one.
It is a lovely clay to work with and is especially lush under a tin white glaze where the speckles show through making the glaze appear to be a natural extention of the clay as opposed to being a cover.
Anyway, this bowl was glazed using one from the Botz range, cheaty I know, but as yet I don’t have a huge amount of time to make many of my own glazes yet. On the inside I used the BPS light blue matt S/W from Bath Potters. The bowl fired to around 1280C, maybe a little higher. I do use cones, but this was several glaze firings ago, and my kiln is a converted E/W that can be erratic. Sometimes spot on, sometimes it give heatwork for 1300C. I don’t mind, makes the whole glaze process more exciting.
What is a yarn bowl you ask? Its a bowl that lives at your feet and holds your ball of yarn. You tuck the end into the curl/hook and away you go. It prevents the ball skating around the room collecting lint and also gives it a place to roll around freely. The best ones are made from clay, as it gives them weight.
Well, I cound just stick a bowl inside a plastic/fabric bag tie it shut!! you cry, sure, you could, but it’s noisy (plastic bag), and it causes friction on the yarn(cloth). Plastic tubs are too light, and then of course there’s the little holes in your travel knitting bags. Sure, you thread your new ball through that, but then you stuck with it in there untill you have finished that ball. Do you really want to be stuck like that?
That is why ceramic yarn bowls are the best ones to have. A freind recently told me that it has even improved her tension when knitting and crocheting.