Saturday, January 31, 2009
I must admit I've gone off mugs a bit, temporarily. I only made a few this week; here's one I was pleased with. I've been doing what I do in the studio when I don't feel especially creative: waxing bottoms, loading a bisque, mixing up glaze tests.
I've lost count, now. I know I am over fifty...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The little smiley stickers have a shiny, plasticized surface, which makes them work better as resist than, say, yard-sale price stickers. I'm also working on using stickers as reverse-resist: brushing cold wax over the, on bisqueware, and then peeling off the stickers before glazing. I'll post those when I get back into the glazing/firing part of the making cycle.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Numbers 42 & 43
Saturday, January 24, 2009
100 Mugs: Unity within Variety
I have done the wetwork on about 40 mugs now, and having a definte date set has, surprisingly, changed my mindset slightly. I am still thinking of it as a developmental exercise intended to push me into exploring new forms and surfaces; but now I also think of The Hundred as a body of work, and the show as a kind of meta-artwork. One thought that has occurred to me looking at the pieces so far, is that they are so various that they could almost have been made by different hands. I would really not like the exhibit to resemble a rummage sale, so I need to find a means of visually unifying the mugs. The trick is to make them sufficiently different as to fulfill the mission of the project, yet similar enough to seem all to belong together.
Since I use a lot of pattern anyway, I am thinking of dots as a unifying motif. I could change the scale, prominence, and method; some would be slip or added clay, some glaze, some a wax resist-subtractive technique. There could be very few dots on some pieces (or one dot; that might be amusing), while others would be peppered. I think I can make this work, but I am still brewing ideas.
I find that when I am in my cubicle, working away at my inconvenient part-time office gig (IPTOG, for short) I'll get ideas for mugs. I'll then sketch the thought on a post-it not, and hang it on the wall. One cabinet is papered with them.
I am away from my camera at the moment but will post photos of the latest pots when I am able.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I started posting items in my Esty shop at the beginning of the year, as part of my effort to find new venues to show and sell my work, itself part of a larger effort to spend more time making pots. So far I am distinctly underwhelmed by the response! I didn't expect a mad rush but I thought I might have a sale, say, every week or two. So far, nothing. Nada. So, is it just January or (my default assumption) am I doing something wrong?
I did click around to many potters' Etsy shops, for fun, of course, but also to see if anybody actually is selling anything, as that information is available for each seller, and the answer is, almost everyone has had some sales, even people who only recently opened. So, what's the secret? Any ideas?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Here are some of my efforts to change up the mug handles a bit. These, I think are working pretty well - lots of the others seemed a little contrived. Maybe it's natural that things seem forced at first, since I am pushing past my comfort zone. I am reminded, however, that my standard handle became my standard for a reason: because it works well. Not that no other form could work well, but there are many more handle shapes that work poorly than well, and I seem to be trying all of them.
Friday, January 9, 2009
From the Well-Obviously File...
...This is hard! Also, it takes much longer than just throwing mugs for sale or for an order. After attaching fifteen handles tonight I noticed that although the shapes and throwing marks are all differnet, the handles all have a sameness to them -- all pulled, same width, etc. So tomorrow I will think more about that, when I attach the handles to the mugs I threw today. Also I may use a different cut-off wire, maybe a stretched spring, to add another variable.
The good thing is, this exercise is already doing what it is intended to do, which is to make me more concious of the decisions I make about form.
85 to go. Plus some extras, for luck.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
...And Here are Some of the Mugs!
I sent off the proposal for "100 Mugs in 100 days" to three galleries via email this morning, fully expecting to recieve no response at all...and by noon I had two yesses! Which of course inspired me to get cracking.
Monday, January 5, 2009
100 Mugs in 100 Days
I'm gonna do it. I've got the perfect location in mind, with a couple of back-ups, if that one doesn't work out. I also know where I can borrow some of those giant thermos things, the kind where you press a button on the top. Better get to making!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
No Wonder I Can Never Find My Sponges!
To Do Today
- Load Bisque
- The Great Discard: go through closets and drawers, looking for things to throw and give away - a New Year's tradition.
- Finish leatherhard ware
- Throw mugs
- Post new Etsy item
I have one resolution in addition to these I posted earlier: no more custom work, no matter who asks! It stresses me out, and, no matter what, I can never match the image that is in someone's head, so no one is ever quite satisfied. If a person wants something like a mug or a butter dish, something that I am going to make anyway, fine.