The hopelessly ugly, the cracked, the crazed, the overfired, and generally anything I think unworthy get the hammer. The merely too old, seen in too many shows, not my style any longer, but otherwise serviceable, get donated to a suitable charity. I am far enough along in age that I do not worry about my work re-appearing and tarnishing my sterling reputation as a potter (it would be great if this could become a concern) as being less than the current body of work. If there is a fail at the bisque stage, the hammer falls and the small bits get used inside my raku figures to make them more interesting with rattling sounds.
Many times I will cut open a piece on the wheel to see if I can tell why I am having trouble, or if my thickness perception is matching reality. I will hold onto a piece that falls short of my vision, so I can use it as the basis for developing the vision further. I had rather wedge it again than break up bisque.
Like Diesel, I have the first piece I made on the wheel (which is pretty nice), as well as the second piece, which showed me I wasn't a prodigy, but just lucky with the first.
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