Practice makes different

I'm not interested in practice makes perfect. Perfect is not a human characteristic and not one that I lust after. In Portugal this year I saw some huge wine jars with a small bottom and very broad shoulders. That form really resonated with me. Yesterday I set out to make some jars and on stepping back from them I thought they were bottom heavy. So the oldest critique trick in the book entered my grey matter. Turn them upside down. Better yet continue throwing a narrow enclosed bottom. Then when that sets up turn them over and complete the rim and throw a lid. These jars are a bit like bowling pins and I think tomorrow I will throw some stands to attach the narrow bottom to. I don't want people anxiously digging into their jar for their weed and knock it over. What seperates a maker from an observer is that the maker actually observes. The maker see how things are possible and does that!. I'm excited about this little discovery. Tomorrow I will brush on Mr. K's black slip and add a thick white slip and of course some handles. I've got plans to do a reduction cool in my gas kiln. Doing new stuff ignites the fire. I'm pretty stoked to fill, load and fire my kiln. That's a good thing after almost 5 decades of making.


Anonymous said…
Upside Down - DIANA ROSS '1980
Anonymous said…
What you will learn: As a ceramic artist, you are always trying to challenge or reassess the way you see things. Throwing the clay upside down or sideways on is a very simple way of breaking conventions and making your work standout. Rock On!
Anonymous said…
Are Siri, Alexa and Google spying on me?

Toss out that box now!
Anonymous said…
I hear that there are some pottery teaching opportunities from recent staff retirements at the Dundas Valley School of Art, interested?

Eager student seeks great ceramics teacher.

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