Pottery Inspiration

My recent trip to Arizona provided me with some much needed pottery inspiration. I’ve always been intrigued by pottery of the desert southwest. I remember one of the first pots I made in high school was in some sort of southwestern style. I’ve been throwing with red clay (terra cotta) for the past two years now and I can’t seem to go back to the bland, beige stoneware. There’s just something about that rusty, earthy color that I absolutely love. I’ve also started to stray away from using many colors of underglazes. While I do love the bright colors that underglazes provide, I’ve mainly been sticking with a limited palette of purely black and white. It’s a striking contrast against the terra cotta. Here are a few samples of where I see my next pieces heading. Some of these are very, very old and the others are a little more contemporary. The intricacy and patterns of these are so cool. I’m excited to put a twist on this style and mix it with my own aesthetics. We’ll see what happens!




Pottery Productivity

I finally had a chance to get into the studio last night. I was a little apprehensive because I hadn’t thrown anything since the fall AND I was throwing with terra cotta, for the first time. I wedged three lumps of clay, each about 4 to 5 pounds. The first two pots I threw were complete junk. I scrapped the pots, let them dry out a bit and re-wedged them, ready for round two. I threw the third pot more wet than usual and it popped right up! The next two pots also went up fairly smoothly. After 3.5 hours in the studio, I was happy with how my pots had turned out. They are the three largest pieces that I have ever thrown! Now they sit under plastic and I will trim them on Sunday or Monday. Then, the fun starts again as I figure out what kind of designs I will create on their surfaces. I have a few designs in mind, I think I’ll let them simmer over the next couple of days. Enjoy your weekend!