Thursday, April 23, 2009
While the glaze load is firing I decided to review and reflect on my work over the past four months. My cat, Butter, was doing some thinking, so he inspired me to do the same. You might recall the ceramics classes were cancelled at the college this semester. Therefore, we've only had two or three folks producing any work for the kiln which means there's only going to be this one glaze firing. So all my eggs are in one basket, so to speak.
I mainly used two clay bodies B-Mix and Soldate 60, with the occasional Black Mountain thrown in. Pieces I made included pinched cups and bowls, textured pendants, hand built vases, textured plates, cups, pitchers, leaves, and tiles, faux bois vases and sculptures, miscellaneous sculptures, woven crosses, baskets and trivets. I also experimented with slips, stains, oxides, glazes and barrel firings. As I'm typing this list I'm amazed at how many different forms I've made and all the experimenting I have done over the last four months. Sometimes I think I should have accomplished more, but this list has made me realize I've done quite a bit since January.
Bear with me as I think out loud here. It's kind of late tonight to start, but this post has made me realize I need a master list of everything I make, an inventory. I see a list as something important I must do. I can use the list to examine the work I have done, make improvements and changes, see what pieces sell, and decide what pieces I should make in the future.
This is kind of a eureka moment for me. Up till now I've just made whatever struck my fancy or what I felt challenged to do. I still want to do that, wouldn't Butter make a nice sculpture? But I also want to think about selling more of my work, so I need to think about getting organized. I'm still not up to par, maybe I'm not thinking so clearly, so tomorrow I may read this post and think, what in the heck was I talking about, maybe not.
Do you have an inventory or list of the pieces of pottery you make, how did you organize it? Do you have catalog numbers for your pieces? So far I see I'll need functional and sculptural categories and then some sub-categories under those. Oh, I just realized I probably need a list of glazes, slips and oxides I use. I would also like a print catalog with a photo of the pieces I have made, like a portfolio. Do ceramic artists have portfolios?
All of a sudden this is all very important to me. Please don't laugh, the business end of art isn't taught in school, so I have to learn and do these things as I go along when I find a spare moment. Good night, I leave you with St. John's Wort, Hypericum 'Ruby Glow', a favorite of florist's because the dried berries are used in arrangements.