I have been extremely busy lately, including learning pottery techinique, putting in an offer on a small farm, and trying to get our house ready to sell. So, the blog posts have suffered. Hopefully, that will improve soon. This blogs gets an incredible number of page views and I thank all of you who read it.
Anyway, as I have mentioned before, I am an anthropologist and among my main interests is Greek and Roman culture. One of my motives for learning pottery is to discover how the ancient Greeks made their beautiful ceramics and try and reproduce it in this day and age. Today, I completed my first kylix. It is done and drying now, not yet fired or decorated. It will take at least two more steps to complete, one a bisque firing to get it ready for glazing. I will then attempt some simple decorations in the glazing process, but I am not quite ready for the detailed paintings of the ancient Greeks. Mine was done in porcelain. The Greeks used different clays
A kylix is essentially a wine cup that has a broad and shallow bowl, two handles, and often a base. Here are pics of one simple kylix
from around 500 BC and my “greenware” version that is as yet unfinished. I can’t wait t get it finished and have a libation. of course pouring out the first draught for the gods before drinking the wine myself.