Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tall pots for the top of the kiln




I've got a firing coming up next week, making pots for the New Bedford show after Thanksgiving at Hatch Street Studios. And I've planned some tall pots for the top shelf, which will fit around a couple of birdhouses that I'm firing for my friend Lois Hirshberg. These are two-piece pots, a couple with a torqued base. I've been making forms more or less like this every now and then for probably 12 years. One of these days I'll get it right. Frankly, I think these will work better in a wood kiln, but since I have what I have, I'll adapt the carbon-trap shino and ash combination. Probably.
The past few days have been damp here on the Cape, so things are drying slooooowwwwwllllyyy. But yesterday the bases of these taller vases were dry enough to hold up to the pressure of adding the tops. And today the whole thing was dry enough to begin finishing the pots with handles and decoration of one kind or another.
I don't usually sketch out ideas for pots, by the way, but I found it helpful this time to do a little bit of that. I had the bases thrown and wanted to get an idea of the difference between an inward-tending top and a wider, vase-type top. It seems to me the inward one is more sculptural, while the outspread one looks a bit more flower-friendly and functional. Whaddaya think?

5 comments:

Dan Finnegan said...

I like that long single handle.

Hollis Engley said...

Well, Dan ... don't get too attached to it. It's gone. That pot got another handle, but both failed because of potter incompetence. Win some, lose some. More photos of other and more interesting stuff coming soon. Cold up here in New England these days ...

doug fitch said...

Lovely - like the freedom of your drawing too, that's just the way I work in my sketch books - get the ideas down, saved forever.. I look forward to seeing these come through

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Doug. I should keep a book of drawing. Right now, when I do it I just grab whatever's nearby. But that more or less is what my life is about, anyway.

doug fitch said...

Me too and mine too!