Monday, November 29, 2010

New Pots and Etsy

Pitcher with Flashing SlipYunomi with Flashing Slip
Mug with flashing slip (a favorite of this firing) Rice Bowl fired upside downLidded Pitcher

Some new pots from the latest firing at Mark Terry's Anagama. I had Kindof a lot of variables going into this firing new clay body glazes and slips. All in all im pretty happy with the results. The only problems I had were some issues with the functionality of some of the pots, all my fault. I was really happy with all of the surfaces though and I have a lot of new information to go off.
I would also like to anounce my first etsy sale. I have posted a couple items in my etsy store from this last firing and they are all waiting for you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

progress in the studio

I have been focusing a lot on feet lately. When I think of good feet words that come to mind are satisfying, and confident. These words seem to contrast somewhat because a satisfying foot needs to be of a certain size; however, enough material needs to be removed in trimming in order to show confidence with your chosen tool. When these two factors are well balanced the resulting foot can be spectacular but if a foot is to skimpy or to chunky then it can ruin a pot. On the bowl pictured above I wanted to create a very tall foot. I feel that I may have over emphasized the satisfying part of the foot with its large scale, while not successfully conveying a confident statement with the foot because of how much cutting is required to produce this larger foot.
I have been having some problems with these inset lids. I need the knob to be a certain height to be easy to grab but I do not want it to be too tall and break up the flow of the pot. I have also been working on cleaning up the knobs and adding the same texture to them as the rest of the pot.
This is a new vase form for me. It is kind of inspired by Bede Clark, but I think they are still evolving. I am usually not one for the little pellets or smeared balls of clay but I think they work as little handle accent things.
I also revisited a faceted bottle form I haven't made for a little while. These pots are really about the small details and proportions, which makes them very difficult and frustrating to make. I'm not sure if I will make anymore of these, they may have to be one of those pots that I admire of others but never make myself.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Feet: Round Two

Some more good feet, no repeats this time, any guesses?

Monday, November 1, 2010


I have been working on a new pitcher form. I have continued to explore the idea of creating distinct planes with different textures. The bottom section of these pitchers are skimmed over with a trimming tool while still wet on the wheel. This exposes the sand in the clay and creates a kind of raw looking surface.
Another aspect of these pitchers I am working on is continuing the flow of the form in the handle. I want the handle to continue the line created by the profile of the lower section. I like the idea of creating a form that needs a handle to make it work visually. I think that this helps to integrate the handle as part of the pot and not as an afterthought. These are probably the last pots I will make before my next firing, more on that later.