Friday, February 22, 2013
I've been trying something different with this post. Rather than writing the whole thing at once, I've been making notes here and saving them. Before I post I will be doing some editing....a lot of editing!
I've been thinking about 'hang-around' pots. These are the ones that I finished but didn't sell or destroy. Now I am asking myself "Why do I keep these?" The three pourers/sauceboats were prototypes that I never carried though on. They started out as bowls. I then slashed and altered for the spout and added to foot and rim. I got the initial idea from an old Penland book on clay. I don't want my work to be a copy but to be informed by what I have looked at. I made a few notes, then returned the book to the library and started on my own.
The top one is glazed with Linda Arbuckle's majolica white. I always go back to this one, so obviously it's a great favorite. In it's raw state it's pleasant to work on. Fired it feels good in the hand and against my lips.
The next one is Spectrum 251-Satin White. I like the way it looks and feels but have mixed feelings about decorating on it. Designs smear easily.
The third one is obviously unglazed....it has too many structural problem to survive another firing. When I do an experimental series I like to leave one unglazed. I like, but am not thrilled with the handles on the two below. The pulled handle on the first one doesn't feel like it fits the altered state of the pot.
The little teapot I use as my gravitar is made much the same way.
Three, rarely five, is what I do for a so-called series. If I do make more I generally decorate in groups of three. Too much of a good thing makes me crazed.
How do you get rid of unwanted pots? I have a special sledge hammer that I use for smashing them to bits. I use it for the base of driveway fill. There's one area to the side of the parking area that I want to fill in. Eventually there will be enough pottery bits to make good drainage, then I'll bring in a load of fill to finish it off.
More weather is coming. Supposedly it will be mostly rain here, but Hollis could get socked again. If we do get snow it will be wet and heavy with the potential for tree limbs and wires coming down.....so what else is new?
I'm hoping the second season of Game of Thrones will arrive today. (Oh, is that why you have dragons on the brain, Suzi?) Which leads me to Ocarina Dragons. Which means research in Mud to Music, getting out my recorder to look at the holes, and tuning my guitar. All of which sounds far more technical than I really am. I generally try to get a lot of info and then go by the seat of my pants.
This post is also over on Mud Colony, and (late addition) Artists in Blogland. I hope everyone will hit the links and take a look at what is going on around the world of clay and arty stuff!
Enjoy the week end and stay dry!
As always, thanks for stopping by.............*s*