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first at making seconds

updated thu 9 nov 00


David Hendley on tue 7 nov 00

If you don't have a good supply of seconds every time
you open you're kiln, you are just coasting on auto-pilot.

Like Tony, I'm a first-class seconds-maker.
Except for an occasional crack or odd defect, I could turn
out load after load of pretty blue mugs and candle holders.
But I don't. I want challenges and I want to stretch my
abilities. I want to leave some things to chance. I want
to stumble on that serendipitous accident.
This attitude leads to production of seconds.
No big deal. This ain't a factory and I ain't a production
'No guts, no glory'.

As for what to do with that supply of seconds, smash the
really bad and sell the marginally bad or defective.
In spite of the self-importance you may feel, no one
really cares if you sell a bowl with a glaze defect or a mug
with a slight crack in the handle. After all, what is a
'crackle glaze' but a glaze that is crazed, what is a 'lichen
glaze' but one that crawled?
David Hendley
Maydelle, Texas

JODO96@AOL.COM on wed 8 nov 00

Loved your post

When we open our kiln we both will have a variety of Ouu's,Ahaaas and YUCKS!!
After inspecting each piece and pitching the YUCKS and saving the first for
the shows along with some seconds. Others we hold out thinking they have
potential. Either the ash didn't run quite like we had hoped or too much or
the color is not as well defined as on other pots. WE SAVE THEM. Lord knows
why maybe they will change if I save them, maybe the ash will run more if I
don't look at it for a while.
This accounts for the box's in the basement that have been taking up extra
Think now is the time to throw them away

Thanks All
Dorothy Weber
Manakin-Sabot, Va.