"The works with the most presence are created intuitively. They are made without crowded thought, so in essence the work is not crowded or overworked. Attaining a mindset that is proper for creating intuitive work is not easy. It is much like the type of trance I am referring to in the dance poem. When something is made by an artist that has presence it sets a higher standard, and the artist should then be on a quest to make more art with that type of presence. The work you can see emotion in. The ones you can feel when you walk into a room are the ones that have presence. It is something hard to pinpoint, but one knows when something is beautiful. Even when you can't explain it." .....Brad Lail
I read this a while back and went back to it tonight. This is very much the way I have been feeling about what I'm making. I just want my work to be simple, with good form, and be beautiful just for the form and the glaze. I appreciate all the potters out there that use imagery to decorate their work, I have especially enjoyed all of the work from the show on imagery at Claymakers, but it's just not me. Every time I try it I hate it. And the process of decoration has crowded in on me. So I am taking a break from all that influence, and just concentrating on making good pots and developing simple, good glazes. That's about all I can handle right now! On with the journey...... with wise words from Brad!