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So today was our last day of pottery: giving our bowls a glaze that will result in them being colorful and shiny once they've been fired. On the second floor of the workshop there were a dozen or so barrels with different colors of slip inside:


Once you decided on your color of slip, you stirred it vigorously with your hands. Then you filled a cup with the slip and poured it into your bowl to coat the inside. Then you turned your bowl upside-down and dunked it into the slip for three seconds as far as you wanted it to be. Most people left the bases of their bowls plain, but if you wanted to dunk it all the way in you could. The various colors of slip meant that some people looked like they'd been playing at a murder scene, or as Macbeth:


I chose an olive green color for my bowl, and while the slip looks grey I've been assured that it'll turn green after it fires. The kiln will be bringing our fired bowls to PII sometime within the next week or so (obviously before we leave in two weeks...I can't believe all this time has flown by...) and I can't wait to see how it turns out!



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