It in my belief that a good pot starts with good form and is completed with glazes that are appealing. This invites the viewer to take a closer look.
In the continued procession of mass produced society I believe in the importance of keeping hand-made traditions alive. This has fueled my continued exploration of functional pottery.
When I begin to design a piece there is a process I go through to bring it to life. It begins with the shape and the size for its intended use. I measure and calculate size.Pieces also evolve over time as I work out the details. And there is also a changing dialogue I have with the clay that produces subtle variations from piece to piece.
The pottery is made on the potter's wheel with stoneware clay. Pieces are made in small batches. Handles and knobs are pulled and twisted and added to completed the forms. Next they are trimmed to enhanced the shapes and lighten their weight. Next comes the first visit to the kiln for a bisque firing that strengthens the piece for glazing. Glazes are brushed and dipped and layered. Some designs include over-glaze brush work. When the glazing process is complete the pottery is loaded into the kiln and fired to 2,160 degree Fahrenheit. The kiln fires for twelve hours and then cools for day. Each step in the process is time-consuming and labor-intensive. But the end result in the process is called "a body of work" that is then ready to share with the world!
After all these years and tons and tons of clay, I still find the process of pottery making fun and rewarding.