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  1. In another recent thread, member TJR made an interesting observation. He pointed out that what customers want has changed significantly since I began working, back in the Stone Age. He implied that traditional glazes such as celadons and temmokus are less likely to find fans than they once did, and that white and colored glazes are more popular. That strikes me as okay, for me personally. I started out as much a fan of the Leach tradition as you were likely to find, and my early glazes reflected that devotion. But after the first few years, I started to wear out a little on glazes from the far east. At the time, there was a whole other esthetic going on in the American SE, led by potters like Charles Counts, who promoted electric mid-fired wares with earth-colored matte glazes. I found this a bit boring, personally-- I wanted the excitement and unpredictability of high-fired reduction glazes. However, as my glazes evolved, I went in the direction of white and colored glazes, and even more eccentric (for the times) shiny glazes. Now I'm firing in a slightly lower range, in electric kilns, and these same sorts of glazes are still appealing to me. I like a lot of visual texture and complexity, so that it's not possible to completely take in a piece until you have lived with it for a while. I still like shiny glazes, but my favorite glazes tend to have variation, with some matte areas to add to the visual variety. So I might once again be completely out of step with current trends. I don't know. I'd love to hear from other potters on how they perceive their glazes as meeting current fashions in the pottery-buying public.
  2. Hi all Wondering what other potters do with their product 'seconds? I have smashed the pitiable ones, I have given many away to friends until eyes glaze and smiles freeze at another pot I have damaged the maker's mark and sold them cheaply at school fetes and carpark markets well away from my gallery and high end outlets but....after 12 years I'm running out of ideas. I don't mean the really horrible 'seconds' which deserve a new life as mosaic .....but those with a small fault that are still functional but not 'good enough' for the regular outlets where high quality and reputation are essential to good business. Talking faults like.......small 'S' crack under the foot ring, pin hole that won't heal in refire, post fire warp, glaze not the 'right' colour, pre-loved experiments....etc What do you do with your pottery 'seconds'? regards, Irene
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