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#1 JBaymore

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:10 PM

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#2 LisaWhiteCrow

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 03:21 PM

"Holy crap ... she should have reclaimed that one!!!"

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

This is an idea that has always scared me!!
How daunting to think they will find my discards boneyard and decide we had all barely got past lighting fires and hanging from trees.

A hundred yards away is the good stuff and my personal collection of other people's work ... keep digging!!!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 05:05 PM

Lisa and Chris-
Not so, archeologists are ecstatic when they find pottery. It is the art historians, art critics and the collectors we have to watch out for!
They can make or break us even in death.

As for my work, I have thrown out pots across the land, across the desert and across the sea. The archeologists will discuss the dates that appear on the ware and the location in which they were found. They will ponder the similarities with found vessels unearthed in other cities. They will confer and come to a general consensus that it is work by the same potter, even though the signature is different the manipulation and use of the materials is similar.




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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:02 AM

Here's what I'm hoping they'll say:

"Hmmm. People were still making pottery by hand in the 21st century, long after the world was industrialized. Rather than doing it out of necessity, it looks like they redefined it as an art form and a traditional craft skill. Good for them!"

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:32 AM

Hmmm, looking for something witty here. I got nothin'. So, on a more analytical note, I'd guess the archeologist might see the incised lines on my work that

look like mountains and conclude that mountains had a powerful influence on the potter. The archeologist would be correct.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 12:34 PM

At one time I wanted to be an archaeologist. When I found pottery at digs, I always wonder at the techique and glazes. I think in the future these question will always be asked even when they find my broken shards from my discards.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:46 PM

When my shards are discovered by an archeologist/or Art Historian I hope they comment on the depth of the depth of the glaze colors and the textures that are still and forever on the surface...reflecting the mountains, oceans, rocks, plants. This makes a potter's work timeless and so connected to the universe. (oh, yes, and my beautiful PRIVATE COLLECTION) will also be well cared for, in one piece somewhere else!Attached File  Land and Sea Dinnerware # 1226.jpg   165.88KB   23 downloads

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:49 PM

What gorgeous pinholes, amazing crazing, and beautiful bloating! All the qualities that we aspire to!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:37 PM

I was a student-member of a group pottery for several years, and we joked about archaeologists finding our discards. They surely would think they had found a village site-or a small town.
Since then I have wondered about the deductions made by archaeologists. As for my pots, I would hope they would deduce that they were much used and an integral part of every day life.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:41 PM

They would probably say, "Too bad her raku glazes didn't hold up to the weather, because her wall hangings look great. . . . . . but it looks like her vessels still have some uneven walls".

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:23 AM

I hope they realize that they have uncovered the scrap pile and not the good pots!! I think they will wonder why there are so many throw aways when we are living in a world of finite resources. Think of the clay and Cobalt and Tin in those discards.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:09 AM



Hmm, didn't know there was a Korean settlement this far West!


"Question of the Week"

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:37 PM

"Clearly, this was some kind of weapon... look at how thick this bottom section is, probably for clubbing the victim, or possibly they were thrown, though their weight would seem to preclude that."
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:41 PM

I wish I could hit "like" or comment LOL for so many of the posts above that just cracked me up! Suffice it to say that I know exactly what y'all are talking about ;-) I love this question, because we used to talk about this often when I actually had an archeologist as one of my pottery students. She used to fascinate us with her descriptions of digs she had done in Mexico and other parts of the world. I am also very interested to hear about the connection of Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico with an archeologist who wanted her to replicate some pottery shards that they had uncovered and pieced together. Would an archeologist want to replicate any of my discarded pots? I should hope not! Many pieces have glaze imperfections that would remind them of the moon or some other planet (perhaps exciting to an astronomer, LOL). Yes, I love glazes with textures, but these are NOT like those glazes :-) Other pieces would have been thrown so badly that they might use them to speculate how children were able to pass on such traditions. They may speculate that I was a florist who left so much weight in the bottoms to help counterbalance the the tall flower arrangements. I think I shall have to think about my discarding method, fire a slab of clay with an arrow pointing toward my studio that says "The good stuff is that way! This stuff just makes for good drainage! Please disregard..." and put it on top of the heap of "jewels."

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:47 PM

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 02:32 PM

Hey everyone,

I would hope they would say good things. But if they found any pieces still in tack I would see it going something like this... "hey mike come check this out.... It looks like some kind of ancient vase or something. (mike) Oh wow that looks great I'd like to take that home and give it to Linda it would look great next to our robot closet."

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 04:11 PM

Hmmm . . . this looks like a primative style that must have been in someone's collection. I wonder what "age" the maker existed in. Decidedly crude, yet showed a promise of what might come.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:30 PM

" What the............?" Tee hee. Well, I always like to make some sort of impression!

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 10:20 PM

The pots that I take a hammer to are collected in a box then carried to our lake house to fill in holes along the seawall. Several summers ago my grandson was digging around near the wall when suddenly he yelled " Grandaddy look, I just found some Caddo Indian pottery." I really hated to tell him that was my discard pottery.




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