Here are some of the test bowls using the glazes at Laura's studio. TADA! I'm happy with these. I just want a simple glaze for a few functional bowls and cups that will compliment my Raku work and this be them. Notice that the few pin holes I got actually look rather at home with these rustic glazes. So I can fire to ^5, have a couple of easy glazes and move on with it YAY!
I feel a bit trivial with this post after reading a certain other blog this week. There was a discussion of some Raku pottery with crater glazes seen in a certain Soho shop and much scoffing of "amateur potters" and basic potter snobbery and so posting a blog about some little condiment bowls that were thrown off the hump and glazes brushed on, fired in a gas kiln to ^5 seems so trite and mundane. Apparently, I ain't runnin' with the big dogs, and quite frankly I'm pretty happy about that. I just don't have the time to sit around and contemplate critical thought when it comes to throwing a ball of clay and then to critique another potters hard work? or refer to their work as stupid, basic? Hmmmm.... I think not. Who am I to judge? I know most of you out there are working way harder at this than I am, and your work is important and has value to you personally and I for one am not in a higher place that I can sit back and judge why your piece is or is not in a gallery and why in the world did someone even consider your work? I have no patience for artist statements that go on and on with MFA speak, no patience for finding metaphor and symbolism in some piece of art, my attention span is about one paragraph, then I am bored, have read it a thousand times and it's all bullshit as far as I can tell. It's a pot for goodness sake, not a cure for cancer. Let's lighten up out there and have some fun!!!
....and that is exactly what I did today. My raku class is back in session, same students and we have added Amber to the class. Remember my awesome student Amber? Well, we are going to hook her on Raku. Never mind that she is in year three of her doctorate at UNC, never mind that Ronnie is in year two of a new little boy, Charlotte is in the middle of sending two kids off to college, and I am in the middle of a million things at once, we are going to Rock on with our bad selves and make some crater glaze raku pots hahahahahaha!!!!!!! and maybe drink a budweiser and listen to a little Waylon Jennings.
Oh yeah, and I got my first rejection email from Chatham Artists Guild saying I did not get into the studio tour. I got accepted to Festifall, Shakori, NC Craft Gallery, the NC Arts Council summer Saturday events, but no Chatham County studio tour. Too bad, I was going to have my raku kiln going during the tour and do a give away sort of like Steven Forbes deSoulde does. Oh well, guess they don't need a raku potter on the tour............C'est la Vie (sigh)