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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Real Thing

I've spent this last year messing around with Cone 10, Earthenware, and Raku. I've tried a variety of bowl and mug shapes and sizes, most are in the Chatham County landfill now. I keep coming back to this mug shape, simple, straight forward. The inspiration for this shape came from Brandon Phillips. Brandon's pieces are also simple, straight forward and very comforting to me. I like Brandon's work and the mug above is inspired by ones like below from his latest firing. His handles are of course way better and there is a movement to his work I haven't quite got yet. Trying for that treadle look on a slow electric wheel. Guess I owe you a $1.50 Brandon! The glaze on my mug is Malcolm's Shino with a Chun liner. This is the one Shino I keep coming back to.

5 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Yep, nice, simple mug, Tracey. And I love the metallic sheen on the Shino. I get movement in my more or less cylindrical mugs with an upward swipe of a rib as the last move on the turning wheel. You might try that if you haven't already.

brandon phillips said...

i love malcolms shino on stoneware, it's beautiful. the mug looks good. like hollis said, try giving it a quick swipe with a rib, give it a little movement. maybe use the curved side.

Linda Starr said...

Wow, that's Malcolm's shino, very nice sheen to it. I do love the simplicity of your mug. I have so much to learn.

potterboy said...

Ditto - like the mug, like the shino. I'm not the only one who copies Brandon's forms, then. I have tried the upward swipe with the rib but haven't quite got it yet. Actually, that mug reminds me of a Svend Bayer mug that someone posted a pic of on their blog some time ago (MK probably.)

tsbroome said...

Svend Bayer? Holy crap, what a nice compliment!!! Linda, I learn something new every day, I don't think it ever, ever ends!