Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
I was wondering.....about some of my pots that I don't like for one reason or another. Time to dump and break them. What makes you trash your pots? Sometimes the more I look at them, the more I like them, other times, the more I dislike them. Boring form, trash. Uneven glaze, hmmm? Blisters, trash. Crazing, trash. Glaze drips, keep, I like those. So what makes you dislike your pots so much that you break them???
I've taken in a number of ugly abandoned pots and gave then a new life with a low-fire glazing, with the occasional kyanite and frit filling for cracks or used for shape adjustment.
Re-imagining abandoned work becomes a fun game.
Hobby potter and Professional Potter will vary.
I am a professional potter so.......Any glaze Faults...get trashed. I don't trash it if it's ugly to me but a sound piece. Someone else will love it and buy it. My taste is not everyones'. Case in point. I had 8 cereal bowls that were not to my linking. One of those -should have tested this more before I ruined 8 beautiful matching cereal bowls. I let them sit for a while and asked a student in my class what they thought. LOVED them - so I decided to put them in my shop and 4 days letter...GONE>. Someone will love them - they were technically great just not what I had planned.
Chipped foot - maybe a second. spot missing glaze on the underside not seen - second. But that's it. I am picky and don't like stuff out there with my name on it that's not first quality.
I guess that's one interesting aspect of re-imagining and repairing another artist's abandoned pieces - their name is on the piece rather than mine. But they sell all the same.
I keep having an idea run through my mind regarding "trash". I can't remember where or when I saw this but it never left my imagination. What about breaking the pieces and imbedding the chards in cement to make cement pavers. The ones I saw were random color pieces imbedded in the concrete. The trick would be to be certain there were no exposed sharp edges. Someday when I am not so broke I will make my idea happen. The pavers need to be about 3" thick and I would like to make them in a round mold and by putting wire mesh in the middle of the pour it will be strong enough. What do you think Lawrence? Lawrence seems to be the McGiver of the pottery scene (said in admiration not mocking).