I was just recently thinking how lucky I am WITH the mistakes!
1) Pulled the cylinder too fast once: got a beautiful curve! Looks great!
2) Another cylinder collapsed: I tucked it in and got a double bowl. Cannot repeat it again.
3) Pulled the corners of the slab too much. Wanted to smash it back to the ball, but wait ... doesn't it look like a color of the coat? (This is how the series of my "coat vases" started.)
4) Had some clay scraps, was about to toss it, but noticed it looked like a whale on the wave. Kept it.
There is actually a test done by psychiatrists, called "Rorschach test". They show you inkblots that actually have no meaning and ask you what you see in them. They then analyze your interpretation. So what I see in crooked bowels or a bended plates of mine reminds me that test. The problem is, I am more successful when I make the mistakes!
So, my question is: Do the professional artists still practice accidental art, or it is just a beginner's thing?
Is your the most successful work was a result of your imagination (Jim, I mean WITHOUT taking hydrocodone/vicodin!) or it happened by accident?