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  1. So tonight I was inspired by clay lover's post "throwing with the eye of the clay" and the subsequent discussion there. I liked the idea of centring tall and opening there. I thought "what a great opportunity to try a new vase form." So i sat down with a picture of a Goryeo celadon vase not unlike this one: http://img.koreatimes.co.kr/upload/news/100521_p15_kansong2.jpg I thought, what a perfect shape to try to throw. I had no pretensions about doing the inlay or even glazing it celadon. I'm not that good, nor crazy enough to think I am. I just wanted a nice shaped pot in good old Michael Sheba raku clay and my black raku glaze. Ho-ly did I bomb it. I opened nicely, got the cylinder up to height, brought in a nice little waist, formed the shoulder, and then . I'm still not entirely sure where all I went wrong, but I can say for certain I was too slow, lacked confidence, which caused me to over work the clay, plus tunnel vision focussing on all the wrong aspects. But you know what? I loved it. Failure's great. I haven't screwed up since I flubbed a firing, and that was such a minor mistake, it almost shouldn't have happened--I also refired everything in that firing to great success. But this was epic, I haven't failed this badly at throwing in almost a year. I've got something to figure out now. Best part of the whole process. Tyler had a good night.
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