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It's always curious to be in a corridor phase. One door has shut, so what is opening?

As some of you know, I took a pottery class a while back. I REALLY enjoyed it and am debating saving up for the next level of wheel work in the fall. I had decided to hold off making my decision about pottery (to pot or not to pot) until I finished all of my pieces from the basics class. Given how much I loved the process, I felt pretty sure that I'd want to go on with this art form if I liked the outcome and I was eagerly anticipating a set of sexy coffee mugs the likes of which the world has never known!

Erm. Well. That's not exactly what happened.

I do have several finished mugs...and it's sure that the world has not known them. They are, after all, 100% unique...lumps, dents, flaws and all. I would not exactly call them "sexy", though some aspects of them are pleasing. They are much too small for my aesthetic (though I tried to account for shrinkage when building them I don't think I really understood the wet/finished proportions).

In some ways I am disappointed not to have created works of astounding beauty and in other ways I am still in love with the process. I guess that makes pottery a lovely metaphor for my life. While I'm usually hoping for "more" from myself, I still can't help but be in love with the process and the "shaping of mud" that is me...

If you're interested, you can see my lumpy work .

Group shot ~ other than the "drunken footed bowl" and the kala cup, this is my harvest from Pottery 101. Mug shots below...

You can't really see the color here, but I used black slip and an apple green glaze on this one and it's nice. It's very pleasing to touch. I also "pulled" the handle on this one and I like it's shape.

Most of my mugs were finished with "Hyacinth" slip and "Josh Green" glaze. I really like the matte finish and that "copper-patina" color.

I built the handle on this one which is unusual, but perhaps not practical. I used a stamp to add some small details to it and those pleased me.

Another pulled handle which I liked...I wish I had not made such a definite line with the slip on this one. I had no idea how the slip and glaze would interact and they didn't cover it in class so I was flying blind!

Poor little fugly mug. This one was supposed to be iron red and had a lot of detail carved into the slip. Sadly I glazed it in something that I thought would be clear but which turned out to be white. The result is a lumpy, gray that's not too appealing. :(

My favorite piece was actually hand built and is lopsided and totally goofy. I wanted a travel kala cup - and this is it. Despite all the flaws I adore this piece. It fits into my hands "just right" and it brings a lot of joy to my daily kala practice.

I really love this cobalt blue finish. I dripped/swirled it a bit on the inside against a Celadon glaze and I like the effect


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Jun. 30th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, those look wonderful. It's funny, I was just scoping out a woodworking class for this fall, but now I'm thinking about pottery! :-)

I don't consider myself that good of a knitter, but I still enjoy make things very much. Sometimes I think I'm a little nuts, like I shouldn't like them because mittens don't fit just right or the edge on the scarf isn't perfect. Almost despite myself, I love wearing them and having them around.

Edited at 2009-06-30 07:53 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think there is a real joy in handmade things...particularly when we've made them ourselves. I like to give handmade gifts to folks I love and I often tease people who get them, telling them that they are truly getting something of me for not only do I pour energy and love into things when I make them, but I most often leave hair behind as well (I almost always knit my hair into things by mistake). I am hoping that makes things more magical and not gross! ;>)

If you take pottery then we'll have to set up some chat time...I'd love to learn "together". Woodworking is cool too though.

Why don't you live closer? I need a crafting buddy!
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I love this work! So many interesting colors and ideas here. I think these are great, and I think you will be able to go on and make even better pieces as your skill catches up with your inspiration.
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you baby! I'm thinking "matching fugly mugs" for your wedding. You like?

Jun. 30th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I love handmade things. :) My handwork is often pretty clumsy and awkward. Perhaps because of that there's a soft spot in my heart for things that are imperfect but made with love and some aesthetics.
Jun. 30th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
You're sweet...I won't really make you fugly mugs though. Venus won't have it (you know her, she's relentless!). ;>)

I miss you love.
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I really like them - I like the glaze, and strongly suspect they're the kind of mugs that feel nice and solid in your hand.

Jun. 30th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you darlin'. Given your artistic sense, I take this as high praise. The mugs are earthy and heavy...just like me!

I miss writing and will send a novel soon...

Love, Jen
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Jun. 30th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd know that...I'd have made yous something lumpy and cobalt for your b'day. Ah well...there's always Yule!
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
They look great! I think your travel kala cup is the cutest piece! I can't wait to see what you'll make next if you take more classes this fall.
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
You made some really lovely pieces. The apple green mug really stands out for me, and I like the cobalt blue finish quite a bit.

Good work!
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Wheel throwing is fun. I haven't done it since high school, but I loved just getting into the groove of shaping things. Most of my stuff ended up as bottom-heavy or crooked, but I loved them anyways. I like the green colors; I usually went for the cerulean blue for most of my stuff.
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I think these are lovely. I really like the Kala cup, but I like the other pieces too. Keep it up!
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh! These are gorgeous! I want one!

They're absolutely divine and very you. (: *hugs*
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
lovely, all -- I think even the fugly mug is cute and earthy :)
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