Monday, February 20, 2012

spin art

when my twins were quite small we did a TON of spin art ... a ton .... i think there were moms who didn't like doing messy projects so when there was a playdate or playgroup we were spinning ... a ton .... we actually had three spinners ... one had been a gift, the other two were hand me downs ... or "oh my goodness not in my kitchen" regifts .....  some kids, the more paint the better ... when you just like the spatteringness of it, why take the paper off and get a fresh one ... thicker and juicier and more painterly the better .....some kids went for quantity of papers ... one drip and I"M DONE ... and you'd change out the papers .... we used our spin art as cards on gifts for eons ....


my twins turned fifteen yesterday ... so there spin art days are long past .... but on friday i did some spin art at pottery class ... my spinner was an actual pottery wheel ... thank goodness for splash pans ... but i still made a mess .... i had some jackson pollack jeans by the time all was said and done .... i did not throw the plates on the wheel, i handbuilt them ... and then attached them to the wheel head and added underglazes to the spinning plate .... the plate above is chocolate clay ... so i don't know how true the underglazes will come out ... but, they are mighty thick looking in the pic so they might be true colored ...

i made four ... i need to wait and see how they turned out before i commit, but this might be my new favorite thing! it was so fun and messy ... pretty gleeful .... i got glaze all over myself,  my teacher, my pal, the studio, the wheel next to me .... hopefully after the firing and clear glazing, i'll still think they are fab ...

what's your spin art experience? just at church or school fairs? or at home? for you? or with your kids?

2 comments:

cath c said...

we used to set up our spin art as a fundraiser at the white elephant sale the church where i grew up. every year, my mother had a line of kids and adults down the hall. i'm surprised i never took it up a notch for glazing on a pottery wheel like you did! that's great!

Lu said...

What pretty plates!! You should sell them :)