Forrest Lesch-Middelton Demonstration

Forrest tidying up a minaret jar.

Forrest tidying up a minaret jar.

My photographs turned out awful so forgive me for that. Forrest Lesch-Middelton visited Collin College in Plano in October, 2012 and I attended the 2nd day of his free demonstration. He broke down his decal making and applying processes, since most of the throwing had to be completed the previous day. Multi-section assembly builds up the minaret jar, shown above on the wheel and below finished on the work table.

Evil blurry laughing Forrest.

Evil blurry laughing Forrest.

I love the way the raw clay still looks so much like the finished pots, so luscious and rich in hue. I’m definitely guilty of spending good money on a few of his pieces.

Two jars, fully decorated.

Two jars, fully decorated.

Decal paper work station.

Decal paper work station.

Forrest layers his own decal papers using white and brown slip. The colors must be laid down in reverse, so the darker pattern lines show on the exterior. Applying the decals resembles putting on a fake tattoo: wetting down the backside of the paper until the slip decal releases onto the surface of the pot.

In parting, Forrest trimming a foot.

In parting, Forrest trimming a foot.

Thank you to Chris Gray for hosting and Forrest for demonstrating!

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