Monday, May 30, 2011

Working on my form


I have been walking 6.5 kilometers each morning to try and get my form back. I also am enjoying making my pots now that the students are 80% out of my mind. I lined these 5 teapots up in the order I feel is the best form from left to right. The far right being the best.  Not that any of us would pass gas in the bath tub. But if we did what would the bubble look like. That is the form I'm looking for. A narrow bottom with a full shoulder that looks like it's full of air.  Also on this last teapot I discovered if I dipped it to the rim I got the bonus of a jar on the side.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Can I put orange juice in them?

Got a couple of nice jugs outta the kiln this morning. The orange persimmon is the local clay from the ditch down the road and paper resist decoration. The carbon trap is where the slip isn't.
South of the border they call jugs "pitchers". I say you hang pitchers on the wall.

Congrats to my buddy Bobby Free and his family for being on the cover of pottery's Rolling Stone Magazine(that would be Ceramics Monthly). Well done, Freedom Fighters! You learned well grasshopper!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Getting on top of it!




After winding down a year of teaching,critiques, marking, administria and now just going through another interview process and orientation for a summer faculty position at OCAD U I've had a tough time learning to be a potter again. These bottles have taken me all week to finish. I finally put the tops on them and dunked them in our red clay slip. I love the look of pots best of all when they are wet. Wish I could fire them to look that way.  Hey would they be my bottles without a lug/handle?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thinking upside down





One thing I have found when giving critiques is that when you turn some people's work upside down it is often a  more pleasing form. I decided to make these bottles upside down. I threw a bottomless cylindrical form a wee bit narrower on top so that when it is turned upside down it will be the narrower bottom. I have always been more attracted to forms that are narrow at the bottom and grow to a broader shoulder.
I threw the bottoms and have attached them to what is the top of the hollow cylinder. Flip them over and you have a form that need to have a neck thrown and attached.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thinking outside the box

Here is the box I'll be teaching in this summer-Ontario College of Art and Design University. The school is in the heart of Toronto surrounded by bars, restaurants, galleries, art shops, and it is absolutely the most creative place I can  think of to work.
I'm looking forward to seeing what goes on in the college  compared to my beloved Sheridan. Well, I was out of teaching work for a week. I'm excited about being in Toronto this summer. Teach to learn is my motto.