Soooo, anyway… An exciting last several days in the world of arts advocacy and arts policy debates! But enough of that for the time being. We potters are so on the fringes of accepted art status that I’m sure most of you fellow potters are scratching your heads about the sanity of my obsession. Or maybe not….
But back to pottery concerns…. This is a ‘pottery’ blog, isn’t it? (I guess that’s up for debate….)
My last pottery specific post was all about my love affair with mugs. The idea was primarily that making and using mugs can be an intimate and expressive engagement. But on top of that, we potters have what’s known as ‘pottery porn’ (tip of the hat to Bridget Fairbank for that term!). And it occurred to me that part of my fascination with mugs is in the visuals of the curve of the small of the back, and especially how the handle on my mugs seems to swell out of this pert athletically curvaceous anatomical body part. And even more especially these days, I am taken with the meaty backfill at the bottom end of the handle. I like to think my mugs are bootylicious. What do you think? (And sorry its only greenware. I’m just not comfortable pimping my finished pots. And besides, you can see the shapes better without the distraction of clothing…. Er, I mean the glaze.)
The last three handles are a bit different than the ones I normally make. I guess I was thinking that especially with ‘plus’ sized mugs it was important to have a handle that you could get a proper grip on. Sometimes in the past I think my larger mugs suffered from having too wispy and slender handles. Perhaps they both looked and felt like they belonged on a slimmed down trimmer version. The extra heft of these large mugs just means you need something a bit more substantial to get your hands onto.
And back to the porn….. These are a quick survey of pots from some of my favorite shops on etsy. A nice selection of deliciously backfilled handles or otherwise bootylicious pots. Who says handles aren’t sexy? Enjoy!
The pots were from the shops of Jason Bohnert pottery, Dawn Dishaw ceramics, two from Ryan Strobel pottery (perhaps my new handle hero!), Nathan Bray pottery, and the pitcher and creamer also both from Ryan Strobel.
Who says etsy is just a low rent district of callow amateurs and seedy one night stands? Some of these artists are so good it hurts to think they aren’t being more widely appreciated.
So maybe its time to gets some fresh action in our lives. Maybe its time to fall in love with a new artist toiling in the shadows, to make a commitment to bringing a piece of their work into your home. Not for a quickie, or a casual hook-up, but for an enduring romance that will teach us new mysteries and fill our worlds with bootylicious joy.
Last week I finally worked up the nerve and took the plunge on asking Ryan’s second mug to be a permanent part of my life. I can’t wait for it to get here! A new companion to inspire me and to comfort me throughout my days! I’m giddy with anticipation! Buying pots over the internet can be tricky, but I’m just salivating in anticipation of my new mail order pottery bride!
So, what’s the new pottery love in your life?
Just a thought…..
Make beauty real!