Well I've been throwing bowls forever trying to make the Perfect Noodle Bowl. Laszlo ordered 8 noodle bowls from me, and I made about 15 of them before Hitomi got here and told me they were all too small. But I thought they were very cute, so I'll just fire them anyway and glaze them and we'll use them.
Laszlo said his at home were 8 inches across.
The whole noodle bowl thing started with me buying a scale to weigh clay on so I could get a consistent size in bowls. I began with 16 ounces of clay. I thought that would make a good sized noodle bowl -- but it does not. Those were all too small. So I gradually increased the amount of clay -- two ounces at a time, throwing a few bowls at each amount -- to see how big I could get it. I finally thought two pounds was the right amount of clay and the right size and I made 8 bowls that size. Then Hitomi came and said there were all too small.
So then I started with 2 lbs. 8 oz. of clay and threw some of those. Hitomi said they were too small also.......
So then I kept upping the amount again, starting this time at 3 pounds. Still not quite big enough. Upon returning from Kodiak, I threw a bowl at 3 and a half pounds of clay.....it was too damn big. So I reduced it to 3 lbs 4 oz and I threw a good bowl tonight. I'm happy with it. Gotta make 8 more -- really I should make 12 more just in case, then I need to make 12 teabowls, 12 wasabi dipping bowls and 12 chopstick rests.
Then I need to make two sets of red dishes with all four items, two sets of yellow dishes with all 4 items, two sets of blue (cerulean) dishes with all four items, and two sets of black dishes with all four items.
Then that fulfills Laszlo's order, plus the Janus mug. Then I get a brand new $350 wacom intuos tablet from him!