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Are you sometimes torn between throwing and handbuilding? | June 5, 2012


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#1 Deidre Haignere

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

Are you sometimes torn between throwing and handbuilding?


How do you solve this issue? I love them both and move
between them, alternating--a month or so doing one, and then
I switch to the other. Sometimes they mesh!


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#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

hi Diana,
I wouldn't call it torn between. it is a matter of...what is needed down the road...are there shows or orders required? I hand build and throw. my recent work has been porcelain carving.
I am planning a new series of slab pieces when I get back from the Potters Council tour of Tuscany. I am really being inspired by all we are seeing. So I guess my answer is more how do I respond to inspirational experiences and what way is best to express it.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:21 PM

Never. I avoid handbuilding as much as possible.Posted Image
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:16 AM

Hand building is my thing. I don't find spinning a pot or bowl on a wheel interesting at all.

In Africa the locals hand-build amazing round, very symmetrical pots without a wheel. Who needs a wheel? :P


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:04 AM

I do both and which ever I am doing is my favorite! As the spirit moves me and as shows demand. Usually a month or more at one, them something will inspire me and I switch. But not at the same time or switching day to day. So far.....Posted Image

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 05:30 PM

I've never seen it as an "either/or" situation. I do both, but tend to do more hand-building because of the forms/items I make. Couldn't imagine being restricted to one or the other.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:25 AM

Hello Deidre.

I see that you have a problem, doing both is part of your creativity. I like to do both in fact sometimes I incorporate hand building with a thrown piece and I am trying something new for me, throwing a foot and adding it to a fairly large & flat handbuilt bowl.....sometimes I do both at the same time, throw some pieces and then handbuild using forms or pinch pots. What I am learning is to find what works for me, what I feel like creating, putting my own spin on my pots. I can be a slow learner because it is easier not to step out of my comfort zone, but then I meet up with a friend and throw something large using more than five pounds of clay....a very large bowl, plate, vase.....with my friend who makes these items. Happy Potting.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:46 PM

I consider myself a handbuilder but I do get this urge to throw. so when someone request a thrown piece I am happy to oblige, it helps me keep my throwing skills intact. Denice

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:22 AM

Nope. I'm stuck on handbuilding for the present. Not sure I want the mess of a wheel...and when I look at the "pitchers" that are out there on Google/Etsy/etc....all I see are altered thrown vessels with a handle slapped on them. As fast as some folks can toss a vessel...pull a spout and slap on a handle...they seem very common, similar, and uninspired to my (untrained, LOL) eye for the most part. Yes...there are exceptions... like >>your work<<..... LOL....

90% of the comments I've recieved have been in the realm of "I haven't seen anything like this".....which is either gonna be real GOOD...or..um...real BAD when we go to market. :lol:

Either way....it's for the head, not the wallet....and if I sell anything and make someone happy I will be happy as well.

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