Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wedgies and butt cracks
I made a series of cups today with my signature wedgies and butt cracks. The wedgie on the foot ring serves a couple of purposes. I tell customers it drains the water outta the foot when in the dishwasher. The real reason I started doing it was to get some atmosphere under the foot. This often gives me a little spot of carbon with the carbon trap glaze or a flash mark in the wood kiln. The butt cracks I make with my grand daughter knife Sheila bought her for carving pumpkins. The but cracks give me an area for the handle but more importantly I like the looks of the marks on the inside of the cup. Glaze often breaks or runs nicely on the ridges.
By the way I didn't come up with wedgies and butt cracks. It was some crazy potter at a workshop we gave in Lansing, Michigan. Those "Merickans' have a strange sense of humour.