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feeling pots (was handles)

updated thu 16 aug 01


Russel Fouts on wed 15 aug 01

>> Just like glaze is abstract, but still exists. good customers will pick up pots in a show or sale, rub them, turn them...look the other way...sorta feel the pots. watch some time...they all do it. potters are best at it.... <<

Oh, Oh! Guess it's time to send this out again. Maybe I can "out" some
of you. ;-)

Hi, my name is Russel and I'm a Pot Fondler. There I said it and already
I feel better about it. I'm the guy you've seen skulking behind the
potted ferns in galleries and fairs just waiting for you to turn your
back so I can get at your pots. I can't control it! In the presence of
good pots something just comes over me! I've got to feel the balance of
their weight, pet their bottoms, stroke their sensuous curves, nuzzle
their graceful necks, their luscious lips!!!! Sorry, I'm getting carried
a way just talking about it! I know I've been an embarrassment to my

As if that weren't enough! I, (oh I'm so sick) I even go so far as to
MAKE POTS for OTHER PEOPLE TO FONDLE!! I build simple friendly forms, by
hand; enrobed in layer after layer of lustrous terra-sigilatta, then
smoked in an envelope of newspaper and aluminum foil. The serene surface
of terra-sigilatta and the warm subtle hues of smoke firing, a
combination just waiting to trap the latent pot fondler.

And I know you're out there! I've seen you stealing glances at other
potter's handles, seeming to "accidentally" brush against the curving
hip of a large urn, casually upsetting a pot to get a better look at the
foot ring (foot ring fetishists!). But you needn't feel ashamed, it's
natural, and you're not alone. Give in to your desire, you have nothing
to lose but your pocket change!

Russel Fouts,
Founding member of the Brussels Chapter of Pot Fondlers Anonymous.
Call your buddy when the need gets too great and we'll fondle pots
Ask about our 12 step program to come to terms with your pot fondling

Russel (This has become my "Artist's Statement")


Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 223 02 75
Mobile: +32 476 55 38 75

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