Sunday, July 1, 2012
Red Clay, lots of decoration
I did like seeing all of these very decorated pot, but I have no desire to make work like this. I realized when I got home that I don't own any work like this either, except for one cup by Ronan and a couple of cups my friend Laura has made. I have wood fired brown or shino pots for the most part. They are like a warm soft sweater to me. I like a pot for the way it feels in my hand, the strength of the form and the magic of the wood or the shino. The cups I own of Laura's are because of her art on the pot. She was trained as a painter and her strength in painting comes through on her cups. They are like a little piece of art. Ronan is just a master of color theory and I love the way he puts color together. Drawing, stencils and decals really don't do that much for me personally although they were really fun to look at in this show. It's like going to an art gallery. You don't necessarily won't those paintings on your walls at home but you feel something when you see them in the gallery.
All in all a great show. Tomorrow, some wood fired quieter pots.....