Sunday, March 1, 2009
Half full, half empty
After a couple of decades in studio pottery I came to USU with the idea that my cup was only half full. I have found the crits with my fellow grad students to be really great. Sometimes it knocks you for a loop but if you go home and lay awake for a few hours and think of their advice it all makes for better work.
Joe Davis told me the foot on one of my 4' pieces was too wimpy. It didn't look wimpy when it was 18" high! In fact, it looked HUGE. So I made a pedestal type foot for it after the crit. I traced the foot on tar paper and tacked it into a thick slab of clay and then took it outside and power washed around the tar paper. The piece will then sit on it's new foot that has had water erosion.
I was also advised to make solid sections so I did. I made the middle section solid and carved out the insides. Trev says it looks very Voulkoess. Here are the two I just completed today and a line up pieces that go in the double wide kiln this weekend. Each piece seems to interest me more which I guess is the way it ought to be.
P.S Notice I am building the pieces right on the kiln shelves to make it easier for Superman and company to lift them into the kiln without breaking off pieces of the surface.