Friday, March 6, 2009
When I first started working with clay I never thought about the details. By details I mean the shape and detail of a foot, handle, or lid. The little added something which makes a piece more finished. The details which show the piece is handmade, rather than factory made. The details which make the piece yours. Lately I have been trying to make a concerted effort to focus on these details.
Yesterday, I started to make the feet for the bowl above the same old way I usually do. Cut off a strip of clay, eyeball how long to make it, than attach it to the bottom. This time I measured each length of clay and cut it off. Then I formed each foot over a dowel trying to smooth the surface. I was almost ready to attach the four little feet to the bottom of the bowl and I looked at them and thought I should add a little something. I found a eucalyptus seed and used it to press into the clay.
A couple of weeks ago I made the three little pinch tea bowls above and formed the foot rings like I normally do. These three are in a glaze load of the kiln as we speak. A couple of days ago I made this next pinch bowl and decided to cut out two little sections in the foot, to add some details to the look.
Now I'm thinking of other ways to improve the look of feet, handles and lids I have made in the past. I'm wondering what details I can use to improve my pieces. What details do you use to improve the look of your piece, to make it yours, to show it's handmade?
Here's a white rose from last year. I looked at all my rose bushes this week and it won't be long before I'll have roses blooming this year. Have a good weekend.