by Linda Starr
by Linda Starr
A couple of days ago, I posted my Clary Sage Vase, on Critique My Pot. Critique My Pot is a blog where ceramic artists can post their clay creations for a free critique from other ceramic artists. Yes, an absolutely free critique where other ceramic artists make comments about what they like about the ceramic piece submitted, or what could be improved or changed. I know you're probably thinking who wants a critique, even if it is free. Seriously, everyone is very kind and helpful. I actually love hearing what others think of my work because I learn so much and I can improve my work. I also appreciate the time others take out of their busy day to give me free advice. So, if you haven't been to Critique My Pot, please stop in for a visit and feel free to add your comments. If you'd like to submit a ceramic pot or sculpture for a free critique on the blog just let us know.
If you read Ben's comments about my Clary Sage Vase on Critique My Pot blog, you'll see why I named the vase shown above Ben Vase. Yes, Ben Vase, not bud vase. Ben, of Stark's Pots, suggested I make a vase showing more of how the slabs of clay were put together. I thanked Ben for his suggestions and said I had an idea for a more masculine styled vase. Meanwhile I was already collecting chicken wire, rope, bolts and other items I could use to decorate a vase. Without Ben's suggestions though, the Ben Vase would probably have looked completely different than it does above.
Ben Vase is made with porcelain clay, stands 8.25 inches tall, 12.25 inches wide, and the top opening is 4 inches at the widest point. The size and shape is really versatile since it fits on a narrow shelf, window sill, or ledge, and flowers placed inside will easily stand upright. Even kitchen utensils will fit in the Ben Vase nicely. I purposefully made the bottom of the vase larger, and then I folded the excess up against the pot. On the sides I used a bolt pressed into the clay. The background texture is made from chicken wire. I'm not sure if this is what Ben had in mind, but this vase is completely different than others I've made. Since I'm focusing on details, I've added some bolts impressions on the bottom of the vase beside my signature.
I had fun making the Ben Vase, but I feel like I'm still holding back. I hope to really let the clay fly next time, so check in again. Doesn't this rose from my garden have a luscious color.