Pretend art and other things celebrating my weirdness, I mean uniqueness
Friday, July 27, 2007
What is ugly?
When I found my finished pot on the shelf, I was talking to my mom on the phone. I all of a sudden yelled out "Oh, how ugly!!!" My mom proceeded to remind me that someone might not find this pot ugly after I told her what I found. I was happy with the form when I threw it...even wall thickness, the bottom not being too thick, mostly centered, good shape. I had visions of this being a bowl good enough to give away as a Christmas present. I tried out some glaze that I never tried before called Molasses on the inside and Harvest Plains on the outside.
Sometimes we can be pleasantly surprised with the results or disappointed (in life, also?). I could reglaze this pot and try again, but I'm deciding to keep it this way and maybe I'll grow to like it.
Visit Yosemite or, oh heck, visit every national park in the U.S.
A really good pot is in the details. --Doug Casebeer at the Ceramics Workshop in Jamaica '10
There's only one way to grow while making art: take risks and allow yourself to make a lot of bad work, then look at it. I consider what is working well, what missed the mark or confused the reading, what needs to be adjusted on the next one. --Linda Arbuckle in The Penland Book of Ceramics
All great actions have been simple, and all great pictures are. --Ralph Waldo Emerson