Tuesday, December 14, 2010

10% off Holiday Sale

Anouncing a 10% of sale on ETSY. Enter holiday as a coupon code at checkout and recieve 10% off of your order.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I have been making a lot of the same pitcher form trying to fine tune all of my ideas. One of the main things for me is making the handle continue the line created by the bottom section of the pot. This form needs a handle to complete it, but if the handle is wrong it throws off the whole pot.

I have also noticed that I like the pitchers to be more narrow and cylindrical shaped. I think that on the wider ones the angle created by the two planes meeting is too sharp visually. I made a couple pitchers in various sizes to create a sort of set. I'm not sure if I will photograph the finished pitchers as a set or as individuals. But I think if done well, sets like these can be a pretty powerful image.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Just a Slab

Jan Mckeachie Johnston
Simon Levin

Shoji Hamada Ruggles & Rankin

I have been working on making some slab hump/drape mold plates and platters. I like the idea of slab plates for several reasons. First off, they are different from anything else that I am currently making. They also offer lots of variety in surface decoration and texture techniques, like Simon's wadding resist or Ruggles and Rankin's brushwork. I learned a while ago that making molds and pots from molds is not easy; however, Once you have made a good mold it is a relatively easy process to produce multiple good pot's.
It is frustrating to me that the thought of using molds takes away from the idea of handmade pot's. I know this is many peoples first reaction to the idea because it used to be mine. The word mold has a negative connotation for whatever reason. I think that making pots from molds, when done well, is just as valid of a process as throwing. It is definitely not easy and deserves better recognition.
I am very excited about the new possibilities that this opens up and I will post some pictures of my interpretations of these great pots shortly. And if all goes well they will eventually wind up on my Etsy page.
What is your opinion of pots made from molds?