It takes awhile to be good...... I heard someone say that today and the words rang so true for me. This clay journey has been a long one and a hard one and I still feel like I have so far to go. It takes awhile....
But every now and then, I make something and I sit back and look at it and say to myself, Damn, that's a good piece!
I once had a student, a really shallow woman that wore pink Ralph Lauren sweaters and beautiful expensive leather boots to class. She also swished her very well tended long blond hair around a lot, just saying. The first class, she asked me where I would suggest she try and sell her work. I wanted to just slap her. By the end of the six weeks, I almost slapped her six times. She made the simple pinch pots and slab trays and coil pots I taught this beginner class, bought herself some peach commercial glaze and she was ready to go see some galleries. She just wasn't ready to do the work. I would be willing to bet you she isn't still making pottery. I hope not anyway!
Chinese take out soup containers are great for mixing up test batches of glaze. Clearly we eat a lot of wonton soup around here. One little tip that I'm sure you all know but it bears repeating because sometimes I forget. Label the container and not just the lid. It's so bad when only the lid is labeled and you forget what container the lid was on. I've done this, even with knowing not to do it, I did it!
I also put some color on these little dishes. Not the best day to do this, the rain kept everything so wet.
I don't think I'm feeling this color thing, but I had to get it out of my system. It just felt so so putting on these colors, but when I applied the black tera sig to the test tile and then burnished it? My heart went pitter patter!! Me and terra sig got something going on..... now that I got this color thing out of the way, I am going down the black and white path.... hmmm..... you gotta try on a lot of jeans to get the pair that fit just right!
So, I'm back at it. I rolled out slabs today and cut out pieces for five houses, so I will get started on those first thing in the morning. Then it's gonna be house house house for the next few months!