Multiples

Compound Pottery

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Challenge, Mugs, Multiples | 0 comments

After the fullness of the holiday season, I enjoy the contemplative quiet of January which is why I have only just fired my first kiln load of the year.  And although I have been working in the studio, it has been at a much slower pace.  Last year, I worked steadily through the year and the end result was that I made over 300 mugs which is a bit overwhelming to think about but is also the magic of compound pottery.  A few pots made regularly result in a large accumulation of pots over time. I have often referred to my number – that is the number of pots I can make at a time, remain...

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Mug Mania

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Mugs, Multiples, studio work | 0 comments

I make a lot of pots because I enjoy making pots.  As a consequence, I sell those pots.  A lot of potters don’t sell because they don’t want to feel pressured to make a certain number of a particular pot.  But, I don’t feel that way.  In fact, I was quite excited after Bele Chere because we sold a lot of mugs.  Now I get to make more mugs! Last autumn, I made a lot of mugs which have provided an inventory for our recent shows.  But with the shows we have scheduled, we need to add to the  collection.  So I am in production mode. This means I am making 5 mugs every other day....

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Goals revised

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in About Me, Mugs, Multiples | 0 comments

I enjoy making multiples (as any reader of this blog already knows).  I find it challenging and satisfying.  So when we found out that we would be attending Bele Chere in July, I began making mugs. I love to make mugs and having a set goal really motivates me.  I had intended to make 75 mugs by the end of June; and, I was on target until I got the opportunity to take an unexpected trip.  As soon as I confirmed the trip, I increased the number of mugs I was making at a time (usually I make 5 per session).  I think I finished about 60 mugs; most of them have been bisqued and some have been...

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Rice and Bowls

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in How-to, Multiples | 0 comments

Fledgling sushi chefs spend months (sometimes years) doing nothing but making the rice for the head chef.  If the rice isn’t right, it really doesn’t matter what else you do, you’re not going to be able to serve great sushi.  Too often, we quickly jump ahead to the new thing, failing to get good enough at the important thing.  -Seth Godin                                               If your 2 lb bowl is wonky, then practice more 2 lb bowls.  All the struggles  that you have making a 2 lb bowl will be amplified when you are trying to throw a 5 lb bowl....

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Production Pottery – Storage

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Class, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples | 0 comments

When making functional pottery it is vital that the pots perform their role well; but, when making dinnerware sets, it is also necessary to consider how those pots function when they are NOT in use.  So once you have acquired the skills to make similar pots the same size (challenge no. 1) and once you have developed a conceptual resolution to make dissimilar pots relate (challenge no. 2), you must also consider the pot’s non-function (i.e. storage).  Because many pots comprise a dinnerware set, storage becomes an issue for the owners. Consider how the pots will stack in the cupboard or...

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Production Pottery – Challenge #2

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Class, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples | 0 comments

“Technical ability grows naturally with experience, but conceptual rigor needs constant attention and exploration.”  Sean O’Connell Although not all potters aspire to be production potters, all potters will benefit from the skills required to make dinnerware.  Potters who can make multiple pots similar in form and size are efficient throwers and have the technical skills to accomplish any sort of pot.  And, potters who can develop a unified dinnerware set are effective in creatively relating one pot to another. Essentially, there are two basic to making dinnerware sets: Similar pieces must...

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