Shouldn't form come first?
I am often in awe of some of the fired surfaces that I see on Facebook. I look at the great surface and wonder why on such an uninteresting and "so what" forms. It seems there are potters that are interested with experimenting with the form and the tactility of the material and there are potters that are interested in the glazes and the colours achieved in the firing. Yes, there are potters that achieve both . It seems the wow factor of glaze and firing seem to be the rage right now. I must admit I really haven’t wanted on that train.
I like to think form comes first. Imagine a blind person embracing a large 100 lb moon jar made by one of the Korean masters. To wrap their arms around it and imagine they were holding on to the moon. Reach for the moon and embrace it!
I’m off to the Shadbolt Arts Center in Burnaby, BC on Monday to fire a beautiful train kiln built by Ted Neal. It will be a treat to drive a Cadillac. I made some moon jars with a twist. A twist of the handle that is! I’m enjoying messin’ with them. I haven’t much thought of the glaze. I figure if the form is strong enough and the pot is interesting enough then it will speak well enough for me. Check out the beauty of a unadorned beautiful moon jar- form, form, form!