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what makes a good pot? ; was: 100 mugs

updated mon 3 may 04


Lee Love on sun 2 may 04

John Baymore wrote:

>Then they screw up some half decent forms with really poor surface
>embellishment and glazing or "blowing" the kiln firing. Why? Because they
>have spent little time in learning THOSE aspects of the craft. For every
>3-4 forms they make.... they finish fire one. So their forming skills get
>way "ahead" of their other skills by a significant factor.

You can never go wrong making more stuff, and it is good to know all
aspects of your craft, but you can also over emphasize chasing the
"holy grail" of the perfect glaze.

Check out this video: Peter Voulkos: "Glazes and Grading" I title
the clip "Three Dumb Glazes."

3.9MBs large, so start downloading and go read your email or something.

There is also a great clip of Hamada throwing. I think it might
be in the Autio clip.

Went with visitors (ClayArt friends from Texas)
to the Hamada museum last week. Many of Hamada's pieces there have
glazes on them that would be considered imperfect. They would make
some of our "Glaze Gurus" soil their pants. ;-) Many of the old
Korean Yi pieces are similar.

So, it gets you thinking about where the maker's genius
actually comes from.


Lee in Mashiko, Japan