Pottery 1989 - 1995
Feb 7, 2008Public
Photo: These photos are actually super 8 mm footage of me destroying the biggest pot I ever threw. I threw it in 4 sections. It was bisque fired by it's self i.e. It took up the entire kiln and it was raku fired with waves of bronze and copper sheen glaze , a team of three of us lifted the red hot pot into the barrel. That is a regular full sized shovel stuck in the dirt a few feet behind the pot.
Photo: Inside lip of the pot, I carved a wave pattern into it inside and out, and sculpted a wavy edged lip with three handles.
Photo: A partial double exposure of the inside of the pot with a shovel of soil in the bottom and the siding of the house showing through the top of the film. I was definitely thinking I'd be making more films then pots at the time this was taken.
Photo: Here is a full sized burlap bag and dirt ready to be packed down around the tree I'm about to plant in it. There will be a freezing rain that winter, the ice breaks the pot into the 4 sections I threw it in, and kills the tree. How sad in retrospect.
Photo: Here is the tree and some leafy support branches ? I really do think I'm a bit crazy sometimes looking back. Not that if I'd done a similar thing as a "sane" person it would have turned out any better. But, I also don't think I'd have made this giant pot.
Photo: This is a ceramic "lego" castle. It comes apart into 9 pieces and can be arranged. There is no true bottom side to this piece, it has matt pigmented clay on all surfaces.
Photo: Here is the first attempt at making a digital record of one of my pots. I set this double handled pitcher on a scanner and turned it 4 times. It's red clay with pigment colored slip and some clear green glass glaze.
Photo: double handled pitcher
Photo: These are my every day cereal bowls. They were once test bowls, for pigment colored slips painted on under semi transparent high fire (cone 10/11) copper based glazes.
Photo: The yellow ocher was the surprisingly the strongest mix, I had been more cautious with the cobalt blue and the iron black, but it was the ocher/rutle that 'ate' the top glaze most, interesting.
Copper glaze cone 10 Left reduction / right oxidation.
Photo: cup with pigmented slip on red clay with a clear glaze. The green is an underglaze, not a slip. Clay slip painted on the raw pot is very common with red earth clay.
Photo: This is my rice jar. 34 cm tall. It's important because I made this glaze with sand from the beach near my teenage years home. In Lincoln City OR. The speckles are manganese, they can be easily separated from the other sand with a magnet. "er.. on the beach, not fuzed onto this high fire jar :-)"
Photo: salt fire serving bowl. It was painted with my pigment colored slips, and then salt fired.
Photo: my spoon jar, it sits by my stove with wooden spoons and spatulas in it. Once upon a time it had a lid. I think this was one of the first buttressed pots I made.
Photo: 1st twist pot and I think one of my favorite pots, it just seems perfect to me. I photographed it on a mirror because of the crazy aloe who now lives in it.
Photo: tiny jar just under 3" tall has stains and no gazes outside it is quite thin and light for it's shape, cute in every way, yet somehow like the rest of my work not exactly cute at all.
Photo: raku bell, one of my learning to throw tiny things phase 1.5" or less than 4 cm tall, with green alligator skin raku glaze and a hand hammered copper handle.
Photo: salt fire bell 7 cm h x 7 cm w at it's base painted with pigmented slips and carved when it was a raw pot, no glaze.
Photo: clacker & inside detail of salt fired bell
Photo: smallest surviving pot slightly less than 4 cm h. it is a salt fired bead. It's a wheel thrown pot, light with quite thin walls. I threw a pile of these tiny pots off "the lump" and made them into bells and beads.
Photo: body jar 21.75 " h ; wheel thrown / sculpted red clay with white low fire slip and a semitransparent matt white glaze. because of freezing rain the base has been separated from the main pot, and the handle has been broken and repaired.
Photo: inside of the body jar : this jar has lived on decks of my various living spaces. For a while I lived with a smoker and it was filled with sand and cig butts. Later I composted coffee grounds and tea leaves in it. There is something cruel of my treatment of the body jar that has something to do with it as a metaphor as body as vessel more then as a breakable red earth clay pot.