I am unfinished; I’ve got so much left to learn. - Ben Platt
This line is from a song that I’ve been listening too, Grow as We Go. While it’s written as a love song, it’s a great line that just sort speaks to me about my work in clay.
One of the great things about clay is that it is a huge and diverse field of materials and technique. When you think you have run the gambit within one material be it terra cotta or porcelain, you can change to a different medium, say stoneware. And within each of the various temperature groups there are dozens of variables from color through texture. Thousands of variables…and within the whole array of variables there is an interesting subset…native material that the potter collects and processes “in house.”
And that subset also applies to glaze material.
Our area is not known for great native clay to make the pottery. There is clay in the area and a vein actually runs through our property but it sucks. That’s a mild statement. It’s just not going to get pursued by this potter for making pottery. However, that same clay which is so unsuitable for a clay body might work as a glaze component. That glaze component possibility makes me hear the words, “I’ve got so much left to learn.”
...and about those photos...my Mom made the birdbath in the first photo back in the 1960s...and using that piece as a source or a muse of sorts, I have been working on the two other forms...also to be used as birdbaths.