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#1 Carolyn Dorr

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:18 AM

NEW! Introducing the "Question of the Week"
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If you could only take one piece of ceramic art to a deserted island, what would you choose and why?


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#2 Paul Haigh

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

It would be the stoneware bowl that one of my dogs has as a food dish. It's an older piece that I made and wood fired. It's a good size to be used for food or for drinking, heavy enough to last a longer time in that environment, and it would remind me of home.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:33 PM

I would take my Tim Smith (of Wiarton Ontario) temoku 1.5L jug that I bought about 25 years ago when he was just starting out.

It's big and sturdy enough that I could use it over a fire to cook my fish stew that I would probably be making every day, but I could also use it to collect rainwater to mix with fruit juice to keep scurvy at bay. Plus it's lovely to look at.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:54 PM

A large, wide lidded baking dish with vertically fluted sides made by Jim Simister in Utah. It could do the usual catch water/ cook over a fire/ protect gathered food. In addition, I am quite sure those fluted sides could grate coconut. I would love to give it a try.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:17 PM

I would take a yellow glazed shallow bowl by Gertrude and Otta Natzler because I could see the universe in that bowl.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:58 PM

i would take one of my sculptures that i made from a live model. its a female dancer in a beautiful pose. i never get tired of looking at it.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:52 PM

I would take a large plate made by Robert Briscoe many years ago. It is beautiful, functional, and when Hurricane Katrina blew my home away and the waters eventually receded, there it was, unbroken, in the muck. It deserves another trip!

#8 JLowes

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:58 PM

I suppose it would be wise to take one of the nice, round bottomed, micaceous bean pots from the New Mexico Pueblos. Then make a fire, smear on some bear grease, warm the bean pot and contents next to the fire, gradually sneak it onto the coals and cook up a nice pot of beans. Hopefully one could find beans on the island, although you can certainly cook other things in such a pot and find a substitute for bear grease.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:49 PM

Definitely a 12" bowl i made this year, is multipurpose, cook, eat, drink, storage.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:55 PM

Color me boring ...
But I'm taking a Potters for Peace water filter so I live long enough to search for a volleyball to be my friend!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

A lidded bean pot I made several years ago. (would need to get it back from mom). Multi functional- cook, drink, gather, store. Lid would double as a shield and pot as a helmet, (don't know the inhabitants).
And finally what ever meal was prepared could be used as a peace offering, (depending on ingredients of course...) Posted Image
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:22 PM

Color me boring ...
But I'm taking a Potters for Peace water filter so I live long enough to search for a volleyball to be my friend!


By far the best answer yet!... Was Wilson a volleyball? I thought he was a soccerball.
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#13 Chris Campbell

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:18 PM

Nope, a volleyball.
Sad that I can't remember important stuff because this stuff is in the way.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:22 PM

I would bring my very favorite coffee mug by Jeff Brown. It would remind me that artists can find beautiful optimism in any situation by creating. The sgraffito also gives great hand massages after trying to open stubborn coconuts and after ripping off stalks for a hut. Jeff Brown's Website - Pottery for all of your trips to sea
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:48 AM

My compost bin.. I don't know what I would do with it but I just LOOOOVE IT...

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:48 AM

I would take a six foot tall by four foot wide jar filled with hot fudge sauce. This would give me something to dip my coconut meat into & when I was finished with the hot fudge it would give me a place to crawl into to get away from the sun. Being a red head I burn really badly at the beach. Surf's Up !!!

#17 Chris Campbell

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:29 PM

Hey Logan ... Maybe you could sail away in it when it's empty ... let's face it, there's no reason to stay once the chocolate is gone!

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:46 PM

I'd take a porcelain volleyball with the hopes I could trade it for Chris' water filter... :P.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:56 PM

Hey Logan ... Maybe you could sail away in it when it's empty ... let's face it, there's no reason to stay once the chocolate is gone!


Hey Chris,
I figured I would borrow a couple of sea turtles & surf home when the chocolate ran out then, rent out a lovely beach front condo (aka 6'x4' pottery jar) to the rich & famous.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 05:33 PM

The Ugly Pot. I made it in high school, I'm 42, and it's sitting in my mother's living room. Upon being stranded, I would throw the ugly thing into the sea. I would then be rescued shortly after, as my mother arrived to rescue the childhood treasure I'd one again tried to dispose of.
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