Saturday, December 27, 2008

Last few pots before New Year's Eve



Dee was working today, so I thought I would, too. It's a quiet time here at the pottery ... actually, from now until May will be a quiet time if I don't make some noise. But I thought I'd get a start today on the winter's output and the summer's inventory. So I threw a group of bowls just to keep the muscle memory current.
I started making this form a couple of years ago and I do a larger version of it as a serving bowl. It's a simple bowl with the rim turned over flat. I usually cut the rim after the first pull, which ultimately widens out into a slightly wonky rim. Sometimes I rib the outside smooth, sometimes I leave in the throwing rings. I sell a lot of these bowls at $20-$25 apiece. After Christmas Eve service this year, a friend pulled me aside and said his wife always eats her morning cereal out of one of these bowls that she bought from me. "She won't let me touch it," he said. "I think it's her soulmate." That's more than I would usually claim for a bowl, but if it works for her ...
I'll attach a photo of some finished bowls, so you get an idea of what they look like. These are glazed on the outside with an orange Malcolm Davis Shino and inside with a slightly modified Phil Rogers standard ash glaze.

3 comments:

Dan Finnegan said...

The only thing I've made lately is cookies! Nice to see those pots.

Hollis Engley said...

Get back to the wheel, Daniel. See you in a few weeks. And Happy New Year!

Carter said...

Don't comments like that just make what we are doing worthwhile? If I didn't need to make a living selling pots I would just as soon give them away to people I knew would appreciate them that much. You have to believe that potters are given a perhaps unique chance to make a difference in the world if we can so effect people's lives on such an intimate scale. I also love your 'wonky' pots, and appreciate the work you put into your blog and commenting on others'. Keep up the good work!