mel jacobson on wed 8 nov 00
when mr. uchida brought his wife to america
for the grand tour a few years back he came
and visited for a few days.
i had been working like a fiend to make copper
red glazes. it was not going well. at least half
of my shelves were the best looking copper green
you had ever seen. matt, gloss, semimatt.
as kurt calls it `dependable red`. bright green.
i was really thinking i should hide all those pots.
sorta stack them away and not let him see them.
but,then, i said...`to hell with it, it is what i am working
on...he will understand.`
so the first time he came to the studio...he walked right
over, picked up a nice green bowl, turned to me with the
biggest smile and said, `nice red`, and we both doubled
over with laughter.
sold all those green pots. they were damn nice, but
not what i had intended....i hated them.
finally got red, and now it bores me, so went to shino,
made so much i am sick of it. now am working on some
variations of rhodes 32, ocher slip under. and got a wonderful
old variation from paul watkins when teaching at vince's....
you never know where the next batch of seconds are coming
seconds are almost always in the `eye of the beholder`...but,
i am very glad i have a couple of `racers` from tony and Sheila.
also a set of perfect dishes from david hendley...and
on and on and on.
i have been doing a great deal of second firings this last
two years. making thick glazes that will adhere to the pots
and then firing the pee out of them. have had some exciting
results...never know what is going to happen. makes life
snow, wind, rain, everything is white.
does this mean winter is coming round the corner?
FROM MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA, USA
Barney Adams on wed 8 nov 00
This expresses what I enjoy so much about
making pots. The journey through each path
of what clay is about is what I take so much
pleasure in. It far exceeds even a great firing
and opening the kiln.