Posts made in January, 2011

What’s Your Number?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Bowls, Pottery, Throwing, Uncategorized | 2 comments

In order to make good pottery, you have to make A LOT of pottery.  Everyone has a number, i.e. the quantity of any given pot you need to make in order to make the pot that you want.  In the beginning, you have a lot of basic skills to practice: centering, opening, and pulling.  After the basics are accomplished, then you work on making your pottery distinctive.  I call it ‘finding your clay voice’.  This number seems to be infinity.  It is on-going and ever-changing.  As a non-artist, I was really surprised to find out that artists rework ideas and themes.  They don’t ‘just’ make their...

Read More

Multiples – overcoming fear

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in About Me, Mugs, Throwing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I began making pottery, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed to make a pot several times before I learned to make the pot.  At first, I made multiples to improve.  It was like shooting free throws – the only way to improve was doing it over and over.  Doing it over again was important but doing over again immediately was vital.  If I let too much time pass between pots, then I realized I lost a little something I had learned and making the pot felt as challenging as it initially had.  The learning curve was steeper when there was more time between pots.  In order to...

Read More

It’s Resolution Season!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Bowls, Class, Selling Pottery, Throwing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am a Resolutionist.  I can’t help it.  Numbers are very motivational for me.  And, a new year just plays into my already heightened enthusiasm.  So in a brave, new approach, I am sharing some of my 2011 Pottery Resolutions. Better Pots: The general focus for 2011 will be continued practice and refinement.  We have sales outlets that will allow us to make a lot of pots this year.  I like making pots and feel that there are several pot details that I want to improve.  So, in order to make better and more interesting pots, I intend to be purposeful and mindful when throwing pots throughout...

Read More

2010 Resolution Reviewed

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in About Me, Throwing, Uncategorized | 1 comment

One of my resolutions for 2010 was to stop saying, “good enough”. In a previous lifetime, I was a frustrated perfectionist; and, in an attempt to bring a modicum of balance to my obsessive approach to life, I had begun saying “good enough”.  However, for me, this wasn’t the anecdote to perfectionism; instead, it became a harbinger of laziness.  I realized that whenever I settled for “good enough”, I was shirking off work that I knew should be done in order to make it “good”.  If something is good – it is good, not perfect.  It is good, sufficient, and satisfying.  That is, the appropriate...

Read More

New Year – Renewed Studio

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Sous-potter, Studio, Uncategorized, Wheel | 0 comments

In the course of  preparing for 2011, Firetower Studio West received a face lift.  After working in the garage for the last 6 months, we realized that we weren’t using the space efficiently.  Maneuvering around tables, glaze buckets, and each other had become tiresome.  So the first priority was to open up the space and the second priority was to define work areas. We added a new overhead light (thanks to Julie’s brother-in-law), a new storage shelf, and a new table.  The table was custom built by Sous-Potter Jeff and is everything we asked for: sturdy, wide, and tall.  He even...

Read More