I was recently approached by an interior designer about making a vessel sink. The designer wanted to know if I could make one similar to one of the bowls I had made. As I am always eager to try out new ideas and expand my product line in a new way, I took on the challenge.
There were a number of things to consider when I set out to make a vessel sink. My first stop was the hardware store to get a drain. I had to consider how the drain assembly pieced together with the sink. Next I had to figure out how the drain hole would shrink and I had to test my clay shrinkage rate so I could make the drain hole the proper size. While it seems simple enough that the clay would just shrink, it is not. I wasn’t sure how the clay would shrink in the hole cut out at the bottom. Would the circle shrink to a smaller size or would it shrink outwardly towards the rest of the bowl. It turns out the hole shrinks inward becoming smaller as I though it would. After my tests it was time to move on to the process of making the bowls, the aesthetics and functionality.
Unlike my bowls, the sinks had to be smooth on the inside. So I threw the base on the wheel and then started coiling away. When making them I felt that the top row might seem too thin and unfinished if I didn’t add one row of dimpled coil. On one of the bowls I did that. On the other I just smoothed the top row into the rest of the inside. After seeing the finished product I think the row with out the coil at the top looks nicer and will be easier to keep clean. I was very happy with the way both sinks turned out though. The designer gave me a great idea and vessel sinks will now be a regular item in my line of pottery.
If you are interested in either of these sinks they are they are available in my shop. Also if you are interested in commissioning any type of products from me please feel free to ask about your ideas. I can make items with your own personal taste and color choices in mind. As always thanks for reading and please come back to see my new items regularly.