I was walking up to the grocery store and saw some adorable clay pumpkins. I picked one up, looked it over, considered purchasing it, and then I thought: “I’d really rather try to make one.”
So, in my next ceramics class, I sat down and attempted to throw a really big closed form, to be altered into a pumpkin. It didn’t go so well. So, I wedged up a much smaller lump of clay, and threw a small closed form… and then a few more.
A week or two later, I trimmed a foot ring onto each of them, then pressed grooves into the sides and twisted up the stems. My pumpkins were born!
I cut open the tops, and carved faces into them when they were leather-hard, then underglazed them in a few different shades of orange.
I fell in love with the end product.
I only made 5 of these little babies. (The happy one makes me giggle.) Three had carved faces, and two stayed whole. (Those two made excellent candy dishes!) A few of them went to live with my mom and step mom and a couple stayed with me. I had several requests for them, so next fall, I’ll have to make a few to sell.