Saturday, June 6, 2009

9 Pots






Colleen you asked for production lore.
That's all behind me. I don't consider what we do as production. There is this notion out there that because you make your living at craft you are pumping it out- not so! Let's call it studio pottery. Here are the 9 pots we both made in two days. A good production potter would laugh themselves silly. We spend a lot of time on each piece and break up the day with the demands of the property, banking, wine break etc.
My first semester at USU (which feels oh so long ago) I was introduced to the roulette by John Neely. I used it for the next couple of years. I left it for a while while I built hoo-doo's and now that I'm home making pots for domestic use again I've taken to using wooden and clay stamps. I find I can push them in further and then push out in the areas surrounding the stamp to create diamonds and the like.
Today all the surrounding wineries are having wine and food pairings. I'm sneaking out for pulled pork and Gamay at my favourite neighbouring winery.
P.S The teapot spouts will be circumsized this morning. That seems to be the preference with buyers.

3 comments:

Charles The Potter said...

Tony, I am glad you decided to keep publishing a blog. It's a treat to see what you're making.

ladyofclay said...

Yeah, I put "production" in brackets on the last comment because I didn't know what else to call it but "studio pottery" is much better. While raising three kids and being a full time grain farmer I am a potter... I couldn't "crank it out" even if I was interested in doing so. My intent is to make good pots my way and have them functional and functioning. Production work developes a skill set and once that is in place a person can get on with the real reason why pots are still made by hand today. Your nine pots/2 people showcase a huge amount of creative energy, skill, craftsmanship and artistry.
It has taken me a long time to develope some kind of a studio rhythm and I often find that once I get into the groove or rhythm then the season changes and my job description changes ! and when I get back to the studio its like starting all over again. So, I'm interested in how other people manage their studios and what works for them.

John Post said...

I like 'em. Especially the negative and positive spaces created from the way you have arranged the stamping patterns.