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Most of us who've been doing this for a while will develop personal approaches to getting certain forms made on the wheel. Much of my work is very conventional... I'm strictly a functional potter. I greatly admire the work of many sculptors but have little personal interest in objects whose only purpose is contemplation. Still, it's nice to develop a form that's different, because one of the elements that cannot be divorced from the concept of fine art is originality. Some days I think we give too much weight to originality, and on others I feel unhappy that my mugs and bowls and crocks are so much like those made by a million other potters. However... many years ago, as a young potter, I realized that there was a market for fancy clay pipes. I made a lot of them, and sold a lot too. I'd guess that Atlanta in particular is still infested with a lot of pipes I made 40 years ago. I was frequently asked if I made water pipes. In those days, some potters would make vase forms, and then add a rubber stopper and a glass bowl, which struck me as an unpleasant makeshift. So I developed a way to make one-piece water pipes that required no extra gear to work. So what kind of unusual techniques have you developed? What makes them different from the usual ways of making? How did you come to discover your personal approaches. EDIT: My apologies to anyone who tried to follow the link that was in this post. I decided to take down the instructions, because I'm writing a little book on my pipe making techniques.
So over the weekend I started a blog, aimed at promoting the pipes I've been making. Making stuff that almost no one else is making in clay has its benefits and its hazards. I feel as though I have a lot of explaining to do, and my experience has been that a blog is a pretty good way to do that. I've done this before with some success; I designed a little sailboat that was largely a one-of-a-kind deal, and used a blog to promote sales of the plans. It worked well, but I've never written a blog about clay before. There isn't a lot there yet, but I'd be grateful for any advice or critiques. http://headyclay.com/