Do you use reflecting on historical work to improve your own work? How do you do it? Think function or form?
For example, when I was teaching I kept a book, an International catalogue on cooking on the bookshelf in the pottery studio. It included braseros, tajins, and all sorts of casseroles, steamers. etc. Do you put the flange of a casserole on the serving pot or the lid? One way keeps it from boiling over.
What is the difference between a summer tea bowl \ / and a winter tea bowl | | . The function of the form is the same as the difference between a broth based soup bowl | | and a cream based soup bowl \ / . The open form releases heat faster. The more closed form or straight walls, holds the heat better.
Just something to consider. What considerations are you using in designing your work?