Monday, June 27, 2011

Banjo's Lament

The last few days I have been making these pitchers and tumblers. I always love seeing them in this state because everything is not set yet by the firing and in the back of your mind you still think that you may could have finished them better and if you want to you still may have time to do just that. The thing about working with slips that gets me is that it keeps indecisive people like myself real, if you know what I mean. When you start the process of slip decorating, it is started however good or bad it may be perceived to be. I kind of look at decorating like looking at life if you don't make your mark and go all in then you can't make all the gains with your work that you would have never made just setting on the edge of the pool with your feet in the water. So here is to getting our head wet and enjoying what we do.

I have also been trying my hand at making a larger pot. It has been quite a while since I have attempted this type of work. It is made with coils of clay. Then it is paddled and as each coil is added the coil is thrown and smoothed. Then it is dried using a torch and the whole process starts again, until you are done. It has been a blast working with the clay this way but there is a down side to all this work and that is when you have to look into Banjo's eyes because we haven't been able to throw the ball to much lately. We like to refer to this as

Banjo's Lament.