April 3, 2107: Introduction and New Pots

During my work and play with clay, sometimes I run into a snag, either technical or artistic.   There are times, too, when I want to dance with delight when a new effort works particularly well.  Here will be the place where I let loose a little.  

Today is the day for new work.  These pieces are the result of my current Journey Workshop efforts, an intensive year-long study under the encouraging eye of potter and teacher extraordinaire, Steven Hill.  There are others, too, but these are the ones I think are the most successful.   I'm struggling with the glazing process at the moment, so these pots are currently just bisqued.   I've been testing new combinations of existing glazes, completely new colors, and different application techniques for them;   as these newer pots are focused more intensely on form, simplifying glazes seems to be an appropriate direction to take.   Staying with the tried and true is very tempting, but taking chances can lead to unexpected joy.  When this firing is complete, I'll let you know whether or not the kiln gods are smiling on my work.

 

                                                                 Various pod Vases

                                                               Various pod Vases

                                Lobed Pitcher

                              Lobed Pitcher