Friday, January 29, 2010

Just for Fun


Who even knew they still sold alphabet pasta? Does anybody actually prepare and eat alphabet pasta? I thought of a better use for it.

(And, yes, I do have any order I am supposed to be working on. Gimme a break. The muse is perverse, and presents me with irresistable ideas whenever I have a deadline to finish something entirely different.)


The pasta will burn out with the first firing, of course. The cylinder - which will, naturally, become a tureen - reads, "Beautiful soup, so rich and green, waiting in a hot tureen," a quote from Lewis Carroll's The Mock Turtle's Song. This pieces pleases me, but I wouldn't want to get too into the phrases and quotes, however, as down that path lie both cutesy and custom, two things I am bound and determined to avoid. I sort of like this way better:

This pot came off the wheel only about a half hour before the photo was taken. Afterwards I lightly paddled to impress the letters more deeply into the clay. The user will have to actually look at the cup to notice that the texture is made up of tiny little letters; and I can imagine that some of the lettters fell in such a way as to form or almost form words. You could spend a good deal of time just turning such a mug in your hands, searching for those secret words.

Okay, back to the real work!

8 comments:

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

I've been doing the same thing today, just playing around with stamps I have made and never used, making plates from molds I have never used. Trying some demos out before my classes start so I actually look like I know what I'm doing! I love this alphabet idea. I used to make Mac and Cheese with those when Wes was tiny. And who doesn't love a good Lewis Carroll quote. Drug induced I am sure!

-Rob, Simple Circle Studios said...

Wicked cool idea with the pasta! I've used alphabet stamps here and there in my work. Not quotes, usually just playing with words and such, but it is fun. I especially like the second piece. The texture and randomness are great. And a nice way to get people to really look closely at the work.

Linda Starr said...

I knew they made alphabet pasta and have seen it in soup and I have actually used bowtie pasta as a texture tool but never used the alphabet noodles. The letters are so cool and rolling them in the clay very clever.

Lori Watts said...

Linda -- I might have to make some alphabet soup -- I've got a LOT of pasta left over.

Sister Creek Potter said...

Lori, I love the pasta--on my way to find some (I hope) at my grocery store! What fun--thanks for sharing!

roughmagiccreations said...

Wow, what fun! Now you've got me wondering ... Alphabet Pasta Earrings? Hmmmmm ...
BTW, I just started following you!
Here's mine if you'd like to drop by and take a peek:
http://RoughMagicCreations.blogspot.com
Thanks!
:) Mollie
P.S. I'm in Maine too. Brooklin.

Got It From My Mama said...

Really great interesting work I am now following your blog too

Cerise said...

I loved it so much!!! Congratulations

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