Monday, May 31, 2010
I have also been making some plates and large platters. For me plates are more about concepts and ideas because they are not all that hard to make. I had the idea for this plate form so I decided to make some and I really like the way they turned out.
I have found that when I am making a lot of pots and being productive I let my wheel get really dirty. I guess that is a good thing but it sometimes makes its harder to work.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I just got a fresh load of pots out of Nils Lou's East Creek Anagama this past weekend. I was really happy with all of the pots I got out, but some favorites are the faceted bowls and the sectional bottles. All of these pots were made with my regular porcelainious stoneware or a rougher stoneware I have been trying out. I really like the look of the stoneware, however It is a little rough to the touch. I think that this is because of the large amount of grog in the clay but, since I do not mix my clay I do not really have any control over the recipe. Any ideas on getting a smoother (not glossy) surface? All of the pots have no glaze on the outside and a shino or oribe liner glaze. Let me know what you think?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I have been focusing on making the strainers better on my teapots as well. I know that it is difficult to make a strainer that would actually strain loose leaf tea but I think that they should at least look good. For some reason it is difficult for me to make all of the holes aligned and symmetrical so I have to focus on this in order to make it the way I want (even though nobody will ever see this)
I also made the handle on this teapot a little bit taller. On the first series of these teapots I made the handles too short which made it difficult to remove the lid. On the second series I made the handles about the right size and I am thinking this time I made it too tall. I want to make some teapots with handles on the back as opposed to over the top. I also may try some Japanese style side handles(maybe). I am still very much working out all of the kinks with this form but I definitely like were it is going.
I have been thinking a lot about designing pots recently. By this I mean finding what you like to do to your pots, what original ideas you bring to make it 'your' pot. I have been thinking, specifically with this teapot rampage I have been on, what do you do after you have come up with a design that you are satisfied with? Do you just produce a bunch of the same form over and over again. I have seen people do this a lot, most of the more well known potters in America (not all).
This seems limiting to me because when I am making pots, even ones I have made lots of, I almost always find something new that I could do or change. I feel that if I had a standard form or design of say a teapot that I was known to make and had made lots of I would be expected to continue with this design. This may cause me to disregard a new idea that could make a better pot.
The whole idea behind the philosophy I follow of working in a series is to grow and better your pots throughout the series. It seems that maybe once you get the potential of a form maxed out then you come up with your interpretation of this form. This becomes your 'style'. But once you come up with this do you just become a machine and keep reproducing the same pots over and over again?
I think I will stop rambling now (this post is about teapots, right?)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Let me know what you think.