As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am having to travel for work. My first trip was last week, and after being away from he studio for a full 5 days, I was seeing pottery ideas everywhere. Here’s one. On the flight back, there were some cool things going on in the clouds.
Chunky Clouds for Ceramic Pods
The first idea was inspired by these clouds:
They’re so puffy and look like they got slammed together by wind.
Some time ago I found beautiful cup up and re-joined pottery by Jeff Campana and these clouds reminded me of it. I made pots on the wheel, cut them up, and re-connected them. One thing Jeff does beautifully is leave little gaps between the re-connected pot parts that fill in with glaze. I am going to try that too. Mary (she owns/runs my studio) says that our translucent glazes won’t fill the gaps, but it’s worth a shot.
This is the first one pot in this series:
One thing I like about this version is that because the cuts are irregular, the lip doesn’t align back up perfectly. The pot looks kind of like a twisty garlic.I made another one and forgot to take a picture.
The day after I did that first pot I got back to the studio and realized that it would be better if the cuts went all the way down to the foot. Unfortunately the first pot was already dry, but the second one was not. I carved slits all the way down to the bottom.
For the 3rd pot, I went all the way, cut it apart, and put it back together:
Here they are all at once:
Something I noticed after completing all these is that the most taken apart pot – the cup – looks the most intact. The others look less natural. I think that’s due to the sections of the first 2 pots not fitting as well as the sections of the cup…
Which one do you like best and why? Any ideas to take the cloud concept further?