Saturday, November 7, 2009
Dave and Issac
A few posts ago I stated that I stared at the teapots of David Shaner for hours when I was young. I now have this picture of his teapot above my wheel that I continue to look at. A friend asked why do I stare at this teapot when my own are so much more interesting. Well, if you take off instead of add more to my basic teapot form I hope you can see that Shaner's was the genesis of my teapot. There are things about mine like the foot I like better. I like a trimmed foot versus a flat bottom but that soft fat little gallery rim of his has got me licked.
At about the time I was loving Shaner's work I also had inclinations to be Issac Button the Country Potter and one day I threw 90 flat bottomed teapots and lids. The next day I threw the spouts and assembled them. I was a little disappointed I couldn't crack the 100 mark and knew Issac was looking down at me from Potter's Heaven in disgust. Today a good days T pot making yields 9. 1/10th of my earlier making. I'm now trying to please David as I no longer have the spunk to try to measure up to Issac. I loved both of these guys work and have had the pleasure to fondle both.