Each year my wine goblets evolve. Miyake san at Ebiya Gallery has been collecting them since my first exhibition, so this year I have made them with an ebi on them. Ebi is the japanese word for the prawn/lobster/shrimp family, and for some reason which is lost in the annals of history the Miyake sans gallery "Ebiya" translates as "Prawn vender".
I have made the bodies more enclosed this year, and added a change of direction in the stem.
The body is turned first, effectively the same as a Yunomi, but with a very narrow foot.
A texture is marked with a needle tool.
Then a small amount of water is spread on the surface.
The stems, which have been thrown like a small bottle, are dipped just on the rim in water then attached to the body which is still on the wheel.
Chattering is the last step on the wheel.
After I stamp them with my logo and the mouse, I mark them with a roulette in a curve around the body.
Every line should have a start and an end, so I confirm the start with a pegging tool.
The end of the line is the "Ebi", swimming around the side of the pot.
I do hope Miyake san is pleased!