Singing bowls or… Ciotola di canto.
I have been developing techniques for making these bowls from crank clay over the past year. Crank clay has a lot of grog in it to make it good for hand building. Grog, also known as firesand or chamotte, contains a high percentage of silica and alumina. It produces a rough textured surface.
It’s been quite hard on the hands while throwing, but I enjoyed the challenge. I have glazed the bowls with copper oxide and a turquoise glaze. When you run your fingers over the internal surfaces the bowls ring softly, like distant church bells. Hence the name singing bowl.
They are part of a submission to London Potters exhibition at the Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT. The exhibition runs from 1st December to 3rd January 2015.