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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Back to the Barn

 House, barn, I never can tell which they look like to me. Sometimes they look like a house, sometimes a barn. I have one more kiln load to fire and I will be caught up with work for Lark and Key and The Bascom and then I am taking a little break. The cone 6 experiments put me behind a week, and although I enjoyed the time with my pal, I really don't know what the point is. I worked all day today making the pieces for the vase show and really had a great day of making. I enjoyed it so much more than trying to make functional pottery. I looked back over the pieces from the test firing, and they are ok, but just ok. Nothing that really excited me too much. If I continue to test these glazes, it may have to be on more sculptural pieces. I just don't dig making mugs and bowls all that much....... I guess I will just have to be happy being a clay artist instead of a bonafide potter. Seriously, North Carolina doesn't need another potter anyway!
I am loving this little barn on the right, the surface is wonderful, lots of depth, if only my poor old camera would focus on what I wanted it to and not what it wants to! The piece below with the key is a new cobalt terra sig that turned out really great too. BTW, thanks for all the suggestions for names for the door knob piece, but I was listening to some Led Zeppelin when I was polishing it and decided to name it Bustle in a Hedgerow, sort of a nod to Stairway to Heaven. This piece seems so british and medieval to me for some reason.....
Have a good week everyone, I'll be in the studio all week!






11 comments:

cindy shake said...

Gosh Tracey -they are ALL so lovely. I think production/functional potters would probably wish they were creating more artful pieces like your sculptural works!! Not only are your finishes luscious but the proportions on that first piece are just spot-on! I'm also loving the delicate marks around the window and the classic footers you have on it as well. All JUST Wonderful -you just GO GIRL!! No looking back or sideways!

angela walford said...

lookin awesome trace!! so what is a bustle in a hedgerow???

Dennis Allen said...

All ceramics are functional. For some the function is to hold your coffee. For others the function is to hold your heart.

Melissa Rohrer said...

Before you started adding various ornaments/artifacts some of your forms reminded me of tobacco drying barns.

smartcat said...

What's in a name? A rose by any other would still smell as sweet.

Tracey Broome said...

Love the comments this morning! Cindy thanks so much for the kind critique, I needed those words this morning:)
Ang' the bustle line is from Stairway to Heaven. A hedgerow is a line of hedges like a border, there is a rustling in there, or maybe another way of saying there is a bee in your bonnet, something bothering you... It has had lots of interpretations, I just like the line, it's so odd!
Dennis, very right about that, I'm the other kind, not the coffee cup maker at all!
Hey Melissa, I think they started off by being influenced by the tobacco barns around here, they just keep evolving, but I still like the simple ones, just trying not to get bored with them!
So right, what IS a name anyway!?

Michèle Hastings said...

i like the one with the key and cobalt roof... it's such a nice blue, just the right shade.
Great comment Dennis!

Susan Wells said...

I love the title Bustle in a hedgrow! I wanna be the one making the racket! Also, I like that you are taking the time to carefully name your pieces. Gives us even more to think about and plus seals the deal. A body can make a racket in a barn too. Or out in the wood shed! Weeeee!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michele, yeah the cobalt turned out nice. Wesley wants to paint her room that color now!
Hey Susan, yes, the naming, quite a chore, but I think they deserve names!!

Lori Buff said...

Ditto Dennis. My favorite is the one on the right, I like the muted colors of this one, it feels historic.

Dennise said...

I love it. You can put the key there. It is really functional.


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