I suppose I am still a potter, after all….
With the Spring/Summer pottery sales coming up shortly (A month? YIKES!!), I have been working like mad in the studio. Mad that I’m only now catching up, that is…. I think I took a bit too much down time after the Winter, and my to-do list involved getting my inventory of mugs back in the safe zone (my current on hand stock of mugs is at an all time low), and testing out some old favorite forms, some with new twists, and others that are unfamiliar and more exploratory.
And so, I give you “Greenware”:
Having fun with my “new” style of handles!
Tumblers, teabowls, and bowls
Potters always eventually understand patience. Taking the slow time it requires for pots to set up, and then the further activity of forming and applying handles, or cutting feet means that if you didn’t know patience before, this will teach it to you!
Different sized cruets, with air holes for pouring and some with handles
Vive la différence!
A little bit of inspiration never goes amiss! Some three corner, footed bowls ala Tom Jaszczak (among others) and big servers ala Ron Meyers!
Seeing what my pitchers look like with these “new” handles….
Possibly too close for comfort…, I needed to whip up some examples for my “Copying the Masters” class on Monday nights this term. A fun project, but I don’t suppose there’s much future in my ‘interpretations’ of Nick Joerling’s forms….
Make beauty real!
About Carter Gillies
I am an active potter and sometime pottery instructor who is fascinated by the philosophical side of making pots, teaching these skills, and issues of the artistic life in general. I seem to have a lot to say on this blog, but I don't insist that I'm right. I'm always trying to figure stuff out, and part of that involves admitting that I am almost always wrong in important ways. If you are up for it, please help me out by steering my thoughts in new and interesting directions. I always appreciate the challenge of learning what other people think.
Yippee! Images! Nice, too!
I like the handles, they look very comfortable.
Simply BEAUTIFUL work. Animated, inviting shapes — the very best of simplicity.
Very nice! I really like your “new” handles; that chunky termination at the bottom along with the full bend back around to the body of the pot is great. Also really like the cruets with the low-placed handles, the long throats on the pitchers, and the turned feet on the yunomis.
Since I only have two of your mugs, I didn’t realize that you leave the “nipple” on the bottom inside (or, at least, that you do that sometimes). It seems to really work with both kinds of feet in that photo (angled in and splayed out), and I like the placement of your stamp there, too.
All those details are such fun to play with. Thanks for noticing, and thanks for the feedback!
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