Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What these pots need is a little color.

 The amazing thing about making pottery is taking it through all the different stages that it needs to transform it from that lump of clay to an object that you can use.

There are many times during the process that you need to give a little thought to what you are doing.

 I had a teacher who always said you need to know what it will be as you are taking it off the wheel.

Now, I don't always know what it will be right at that minute, but I have a vague thought about where it will be going.

 If I did not have some thought about the piece it might takes me months of sitting with that piece to get it to talk to me.

There are pieces that don't speak up  very loudly to me and I find that I do need to set them aside and just think about them a bit.
But, for  the most part I know where we are going when they are being made.

I have talked before about how I prefer to work in groups of pots. The group gives me more choice on how I will glaze. If faced with one pot that has no cousins sitting next to them I find that one pot harder to glaze.
My thoughts are too focused on the loss, or possible loss of one pot.
 With a group of pots I feel my chances are better in pulling something good out.

There are always the production pots that go into every kiln load and they are usually a given as to how they will be glazed.
Mark and I will work those pots together.
He will put the base glaze on and I will put the top glaze on.
There is a comfort to the work when you can share in this process.
Mark and I will have a plan in place by penciling the name of the glaze on the pots.
We then get into the rhythm of the glazing much as you would a dance.
Sharing this part of the glazing helps move the process along at a nice speed.

We will then move onto the pots that we have a more individual attachment to. Those pots need a plan as well and can take a bit more time to glaze.

So what do we like going on in the background.
Some days when we are glazing it is tunes.
Other days we listen to talk radio and then there are the days that we turn nothing on.
We can go for hours and just work and the next think one of us says,"is it lunch time"?

I have walked this path before many times and it is always the same but different.
The cycle of work always takes me by surprise even though I have been at this for a few years now.

Waxing has been mostly finished and glazing starts tomorrow.

Tunes or not?
We'll see


Shortstuff said...

Tunes...with more cowbell.

Tracey Broome said...

It amazes me that as long as you have been at this pottery business, you still speak so lovingly of the clay. Truly your passion!

Michèle Hastings said...

I enjoyed reading about your glaze rhythm. Due to space constraints and that fact the Jeff and I are often (usually) on different schedules we glaze independently of each other. I start work earlier... he is best working into the night... like right now, 9:46 pm, he is making teapots. Me... I am on the porch drinking wine :-).

cookingwithgas said...

do you think Mark would let me put a cowbell on him, that way I would know when he is sneaking up on me!

cookingwithgas said...

TB- there are times it is a fine dance and other times we have 2 left feet between us.

cookingwithgas said...

the other mh- I could try drinking wine while Mark works...

Lori Buff said...

I was just talking to someone about the benefits of making several similar pieces at the same time, the cousins you wrote about. I didn't think to mention how that frees us up from the risk of loss. I will remember now.

Shortstuff said...

Yeah, I'd like to see you try to bell that cool cat.

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Glazing together~ that truly must be a dance! When I glaze I am all over the place...I like your technique better.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I loooooove to glaze :) usually my favorite part of this all!