PatsuMember Since 05 Dec 2012
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Though surface decoration is sometimes enjoyable, in functional ware I tend more toward transparency of form as function. I like the directness of form, 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. 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.
In figurines and hand built forms, I like the simple, uniform-izing yet still singular and unique effect of crystal glazes; the commercially available low-fire stuff is a lot of fun. I like to use paper clays for low fire figurines. I am moving back toward hand built forms this week, after having spent some fun time on the wheel. I want to get back to the extruder as well, to make some boxes. I sell at craft shows and farmers' markets. It is nice to get my work seen by others, it is good to get feedback. It also helps me to stay steered away from what others in my area are producing.
One quirk in my pottery is that I use only certified non-toxic clays and glazes fired to witness cone proved with cones. 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, one can eat off of, or out of. It is not that I can't mix glazes, or use glaze chemistry software. I just like to feel confident about the materials I am working with and selling.
Tonight I am listening to tunes while working on a vary-fire program for single fire cone 5; I need to slow the ramp-down as I suspect it is leading to pin-holing and possibly crazing. I think my glazes are bubbling a bit, then cooling before the little craters flatten out. That's the theory at least. I've seen ramp-downs of 400F/hr through the first hour of cooling so, probably a little too fast from around 2205F. Anyhow the current tune is an older tune, "Single Gun Theory-From a Million Miles". Hoping for a night of groovy tunes like this, thanks for reading, hang in! - John Dadmun
I throw more or less as you see here. No big deal, everybody has their way...
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