Sunday, August 23, 2009
Darting, Altering and Cleverness
It seems that everyone is darting, altering and being clever with clay. When I get into a funk of what to make I look at old Chinese work. A couple of British potters that do great work referenced by Oriental ceramics is my all time fav- Richard Batterham, followed closely by Jim Malone and then running neck in neck are Mike Dodd and Phil Rogers. I love this temmoku vase on an old copy of Oriental Glazes by Nigel Wood. I throw to thinly to do some aggressive fluting so I made some vases today with some paddling and a bit of surface fluting with a serrated tool.
I mostly make jugs which as soon as I pull a lip cuts the value of the piece by a third. It is now a kitchen pot and not a living room pot and therefore it is worth less. So today I made vases/bottles destined for the living room or at least the kitchen table with some flowers in them. They are not huge in scale at about 16"- a functional scale.