A gloriously sunny Sunday morning at Curborough and there was a definite smell of Kato in the air, as many hands were busily conditioning blocks of clay to make some marvelously delicate bowls.
Cara immediately put us in a creative mood both with her display of bowls and understanding of clay in general and Kato in particular, a clay that a few were new to, but that now has many more converts, especially given its characteristics, that mean it is great for cane work, and very strong after curing – just what is needed for bowl making.
Cara’s confident teaching style put everyone at ease and her detailed demonstrations, backed up with great instruction sheets, (and a few 'freebies') meant that everyone could (and did) make some wonderful pieces.
First Cara demonstrated some basic canes, then she showed us how to kaleidoscope them, before detailing how to make a bowl, which could be a 2 stage process, depending on people’s design choices. She also covered textured finishes, and how to get a near perfect look to your piece, as well as sanding and polishing.
She finished the day with a lovely flower cane demo, incorporating some great tips for keeping cane shapes while slicing. As with every tutor we have had at Curborough, you learn so much more than just the subject matter of the course topic, and someone with Cara’s experience was able to impart tips and useful techniques throughout the day.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile day, and I for one, am now off to make some more bowls!