On Christmas morning the 3rd and best lace coil pot came out of the kiln. It looked like the finest pretzel you’ve ever seen.
It took 4 iterations to get it just right and I’ve got the recipe:
Perfect coils should be even thickness, around 1/8″, thin enough to look delicate and thick enough to be sturdy (relatively). They need to also be smooth so that when they’re joined they create a nice even pattern.
Connections & Spacing
Each coil should have as many connections as possible, and the longer the connections, the better. All the connections have to be mended together well and smoothed out. When the coils are joined well, they have a higher chance of surviving together. Ideally, there should be a connection every 1/2″-1″ and density or connections should be higher closer to the center of the bowl.
For the first lace dish I made I used 2 colors – one on the inside and one on the outside. Mistake. These pieces are too delicate for multiple colors. They look best with just one glaze that shows off the texture.