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decoration, now terra sig, music...

updated sun 26 nov 06


threereeds1 on thu 23 nov 06

Good Morning Ivor,

You suggest that optical experience...can translate into a tactile
experience. Well that transitional makes it sound easy. Which is real life
of course it is. I had focused on the distance in time from the creative
event, and the dissipation of that over time. Is the creation expressed in
that sheen on two dozen bowls? I know this for me is not a jolly of
personal accomplishment. The same group of bowls by any potter in that
state (shine on bowls) provides the same appreciation. The terra siggilata
sheen does beckon the inquiring fingers. Perhaps all non-glossy glazes do
to some extent.

You may have to elaborate on the Cannon in D reference. I cannot find my
recordings but I have the music in front of me. Believe it or not I have
enjoyed playing this on the Tenor sax. Half notes first 12 measures (My Bb
copy) are a control exercise well worth the baseline for the build. I think
that this piece played well will fly on most instruments.

If I equate the adagio like beginning to browsing a gallery,
The quarter note section as spying the terra sig. (and the resultant tactile
and the eighth to sixteenth notes that skip along as the sensory fulfillment
of that exploration,
Then I'm with you.
Otherwise, I'm scratchin'.

Hey Ivor,

What do you call two piccolos playing in unison?

A minor second.

Thank you for the stimulation.

Be Well,
Tom King

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ivor and Olive Lewis"
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 9:14 PM
Subject: Re: Decoration

Dear Tom King,

You ask..has not invested in that experience...Does the terra sig stimulate a similar
appreciation of the piece?>

What little experience I have of Terra Siggilata suggests to me that
appreciation of surface form must primarily be an optical experience with
freshly thrown clay but can translate into a tactile experience via the
experience of T.S.

Think of the theme from Pachelbel's Canon in D, a descending scale over, is
it?, one octave. How many variations have you played?

Enjoy yourself,

Best regards,


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Ivor and Olive Lewis on sat 25 nov 06

Dear Tom,

Surely the sheen on the freshly thrown or shaped is ephemeral. Touch =
destroys it. Bisque firing does not restore that texture unless clay =
vitrifies. It seems to me that mat and brilliant glazes are inadequate =
and do not achieve that. Terra Sigillata seems to restore to some degree =
the original surface and make it available for us to touch.

Enjoy your weekend.

I would have blown my mind meditating on two piccolo's.

Best regards,