PatsuMember Since 05 Dec 2012
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Though surface decoration is sometimes enjoyable, in functional ware I like transparency of form as function. Functional form is a verb, it is purpose and worthy-belonging, though surface treatment certainly affects my perception of form. I lean toward thin forms, and try for efficient use of clay. So I have fragile rims sometimes, not for bashing about. If I can't get there thin though, I go thick. Or if it's a heavy use item.
Even in abstraction, in art I'll take the plainly stated point. Communication is hard, and understanding, harder. Even the act of attempting to understand, of being willing to understand, can be something of a chore in the crazy, future-is-now world that we're presented with. So, if an artist or crafter has a message, it is always my hope that they just flat-out say it. Don't bury it. I struggle with that all of the time. Trying to make something that I feel was worth bothering to state in the first place. To help people find another gear. It's tough because I don't know, that gear. I believe that there are people out here that do know that gear, or that will. I mean, what's worth saying? Everybody needs an anonymous roof, meal, education, support, it's cheaper. No more suffering, time for better priorities.
I use only certified non-toxic clays and glazes. I have a few lines that I make with altered clay, and I incorporate antique stained glass in some. These are purely decorative items, that could not be mistaken for food safe ware. Anything that I make, that one would be tempted to eat off of or out of, assuming that it's clean one can eat off of, or out of it. I've been doing that on all of my signed work. It isn't all that hard to do this when function is stressed in the piece. It's cool that people can be sure that if it's a bowl that I made, unless it has been altered it can be used functionally. It is not that I can't mix glazes, or use glaze chemistry software to make my own glazes. I just like to feel confident about the materials that I am working with and selling. Really comfortable, like certified non-toxic comfortable. I talked to a potter today, who had mentioned that her shared space was unpredictable in terms of glaze thickness, she couldn't be sure what had gone into the glaze dip buckets, made me thankful that I have full control of my process. Any fault in my work is my own alone and there are plenty with faults... I have a great deal to learn and to master and with hope plenty of time to figure it all out.
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