Double-walled pots allow us to make all sorts of exciting shapes, stretching the clay where it would not otherwise go. Throwing two walls to a pot and then joining them at the top traps air in the middle. Then you can reshape the pot – up, down or out.
This large double-walled pot included stones from four different parts of Howth that I had crushed and incorporated into the clay. When fired it would give different colours and textures to the clay body.
However, one of the essentials of double-walled pots is to make a little hole for the air to get out, and in this case I forgot. The result was that the pot exploded into hundreds of pieces in the kiln, and destroying a few of the other pots in there. Lesson learned the hard way.
HEART OF GOLD
Even Neil Young has been searching for one of these. Red on the outside, pure gold through.
Heart of Gold. Double-walled stoneware vessel with a tunnel through the wall cavity. The hole is lined with gold glaze. 18x15cm. SOLD
This heart-shaped vessel has a ‘tunnel’ through each of its double-walled sides, so one can see where Cupid’s arrow entered and exited.