I've been looking back over the past year ... just a little, anyway. A lot happened over the past 12 months, professionally and personally, but since this is a pottery blog, I thought I would stick mostly to making pottery on Cape Cod.
I've made teabowls from about the time I first learned to center clay on the wheel. I always make teabowls, even when shoppers at craft fairs say, "What would I use this one for?" As if they've never used a cup before.
Anyway, I love making - and using - teabowls ... though I do get a little tired of explaining what they are at the diminishing number of craft fairs I'm doing.
This year, the shapes of my teabowls changed. I began wedging crushed granite into the clay, coning it on the wheel, faceting with a twisted wire, pushing out the walls from the cone. The result was sometimes an off-center bowl, wobbly and sometimes torn rims, protruding stone after firing, occasional cracks extending through the clay. Some of those pots went to a show in Durango, Colorado, many more stayed here with me and went to craft fairs. They are not wildly popular, but some sold. And I'm making more.
In addition, copper red and Oribe pours or splashes started appearing over the Shino glazes.
And I suspect more is to come. Kim Medeiros and I are planning to build a wood kiln, after we both loved firing the Castle Hill train kiln a couple of months ago. It appears I'm going back to wood, this time with a collaborator. I love growing.
So, here's a pot that represents the past year for me. It came out of the Truro wood kiln. And here are pictures from the off-season Cape, the land that the summer people never see.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Neighbor Courtney Martin
13 hours ago