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Sometimes I Wonder How In Heck Did I Gift This?

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Sometimes I wince when I see pottery I had given to friends and family members. I  don't give out what  I think is Junque unless I tell the people it's a second. I look at the pieces and say to myself "How the HECK could I have given this to people?" Then I remember it WAS the best I could make at the time.  I continue to evolve in making my pieces. I suspect and sincerely wish future pieces be better as my process grows.

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Sometimes I feel that way and other time I rediscover a pot I really liked.  Running across work from my hippie days makes me smile, the pots have a innocent and natural presence to them.       Denice

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Cringe worthy work ... My raku pieces from years ago that have lost their colors and are now crud brown pop up to haunt me from time to time ... YES I would gladly swap them out for current work.

Worthy work ... I noticed a lovely pot at a friends house and asked who made it ... She looked at me strangely and said "you" ... I had absolutely no memory of making it but sure enough my stamp was on it.

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I found a piece recently that I made back in my college days (stone age) and was honestly surprised how good it was, considering how much I have struggled with my skills as an older adult coming back to pottery.  But then, so many things were easier when I was young...

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I don't know you guys i've bought pottery that was perfect from people and then given pottery that was perfect from people but my favorite piece is a wonky piece made by somebody who is probably second your ceramics and she was doing something from the heart and that really speaks to me to this day so I think it really depends upon what was being said with your wonky pot

People spend years trying to recapture spontaneity because once you get so deliberate and perfect you lose that spontaneity so I think it's a balance

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Something from the heart is definitely  one of my goals when  I make and gift a piece I'm never expecting it to be perfect. There's no individuality of our personality in that  There's a esthetic I believe in called Wabi Sabi.. To oversimplify it in one sentence I feel it means nothing is perfect or permanent.

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